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Stop the Spikes!


You probably know what kinds of things make your blood sugar go skyrocketing -- maybe it's pasta, orange juice, cereal, or banana. But sometimes it's less clear what pulls your glucose levels in the other direction. When you eat a higher-carb food, what have you found that softens the subsequent spike? What are some natural options for lowering blood sugar? Take this quiz and test your knowledge of the Spike Stoppers!

Reviewed by Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN 07/14.

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