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Low Carbohydrate Stupidity

By Stephen Bucaro

The latest buzz word for todayís diet scams and prepackaged
food rip-offs is "low carb". "Eat all the fat and meat you
want and still lose weight." Yeh, when your cold dead body
starts to dry up!

Let's make one thing clear, without carbohydrates you die.
Carbohydrates; fruits, vegetables, and grains provide the
fiber, sugar, and electrolytes your body needs to survive.
Without these vital nutrients, you die.

How did this carbohydrate stupidity get started? It started
as the result of confusion about a new discovery called the
glycemic index.

When you eat carbohydrates, your blood sugar level rises.
Excessive blood sugar is not good for your body. To clear
the sugar from your bloodstream, your pancreas releases
insulin. This causes the sugar to be stored in your fat
cells.

The fact is that you need some sugar in your blood because
thatís where your energy comes from. Without blood sugar,
neither your muscles nor your brain will work. But excess
blood sugar is a problem.

New research has discovered that eating certain refined
carbohydrates causes your blood sugar to rise much higher
and stay high longer than eating whole carbohydrates.

Note: As you age, your pancreas becomes less efficient at
producing insulin. As a result, sugar is not effectively
cleared from the bloodstream, resulting in diabetes.

The gylcemic index uses the blood sugar rise caused by
eating pure sugar as a guide for rating other foods. Pure
sugar has a glycemic index of 100. To stay thin and healthy,
you need to avoid foods with a gylcemic index higher than
about 50.

The gylcemic index of thousands of foods has been measured
by monitoring thousands of peoples blood sugar after eating
the food, and then calculating an average. The results have
been published and you can find gylcemic tables on the Web.

What are the offending foods?

1. Any food made of refined flour; bread, cake, cookies,
cereal, crackers, donuts, etc.
2. White rice.
3. Potatoes.

The above foods will cause your blood sugar to rise rapidly
and stay high for a long period. If the above foods are a
regular part of your diet, you will be gaining weight
uncontrollably. Avoid these foods and your weight will
gradually fall back to a normal weight zone.

What are the good carbohydrates?

1. 100% stone ground whole wheat bread.
2. Whole grain wheat bran cereal.
3. Surprisingly, pastas like spaghetti, macaroni, and
ravioli have glycemic indexes lower than 50.
4. Even more surprising, chocolate has a glycemic index
less than 50.

Most fruits and vegetables have a low glycemic index, but
there are some exceptions. Oranges and grapefruits have a
low glycemic index but turn them into juice and the
glycemic index zooms up. Beans and nuts have a low glycemic
index, but watch those calories! Plain baked beans have 240
calories per cup and walnuts have 190 calories per ounce.
And just because a product contains a food with a low
glycemic index doesnít mean the product's recipe has a low
glycemic index.

Locate a good glycemic index table and use it to select
low glycemic index carbohydrates to replace the high
glycemic index foods in your diet.

Donít be fooled by listening to the low carbohydrate
stupidity. Donít eat only fat and meat. That would cause
health problems that will eventually lead to your death.
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