The Truth about Carbs!
Carbohydrates are one of the most misunderstood nutrients, somehow always becoming the target of one diet fad or another. Most people understand that sugary desserts and drinks are loaded with carbs, but isn’t it also true that “healthy” things like whole wheat and vegetables are rich in carbohydrates? Does one type of carbohydrate make you fat, while another keeps you healthy and slim?
The answer, according to Dr. Stacey Nottingham from Life Extension, is that ALL carbohydrates are converted to sugar by the body – even the so-called healthy, “complex” carbs touted by dieters. So when you’re reading labels at the supermarket, you can essentially equate every gram of carbs directly to sugar! If the label says 22 grams of carbohydrate but with only 4 grams sugar, you must read Total Carbohydates as ALL sugar since that is how the body will treat it, regardless of what type of carbs are present.
Once you’ve gotten past this common misconception, the sheer volume of carbs that you consume each day will be much more apparent and you can make the proper adjustments to maintain a healthy weight. After all, it’s not the carbohydrates that make us fat, it is the blood sugar spikes that they cause after we eat. Insulin released by the pancreas in response to high blood sugar levels can cause more carb cravings and the conversion of sugars to body fat.
The solution is to eat more times throughout the day, says Dr. Nottingham, as many as 5 small meals! This keeps blood sugar and insulin levels stable and prevents dangerous spikes that can lead to weight gain and other health issues. She also recommends integrating 3 servings of vegetables and 2 servings of fruit into each day, and using the proper supplements that control post-meal sugar spikes.
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