How much sugar do you really get every day? The answer might surprise you, though it’s through no fault of your own.
Most people have heard of the “glycemic index” that is the rate at which sugar is absorbed, but the total glycemic load is another factor to be concerned with. Because of so many dietary “experts” advocating a high consumption of complex carbohydrates, the levels of glucose and its “partner in disaster” insulin reach and remain at a destructive high for most people. The result is obesity, diabetes, heart disease, sarcopenia, dementia, and a host of other diseases of western society.
So we need to go beyond the obvious and look at all carbs including complex carbohydrates as sugar, because that’s exactly what they are. A complex carbohydrate or starch is merely a polymer of sugars, or a chain of them. The fact that most unprocessed starches do come with a vitamin/mineral package does not exonerate them from the overall load of glucose that they contain. To make matters worse the preferred mode of sweetening for soft drinks and other foods is high fructose corn syrup which can greatly contribute to obesity beyond merely it’s calorie content.
These are the real destroyers of your health:
Perhaps I should have omitted the potatoes at the bottom, but only if they are not peeled!
When I was a young boy we used to go out to the neighbors yard and pull up carrots or cucumbers, wipe em off and eat till we were gorged. We’d grab string beans from vines or even pick certain plants in the forest an eat them with relish. We actually preferred this to endlessly crunching on potato chips or candy. Which do you reallythink is the acquired taste? For a hint, remember that taste is your body’s natural way of spurring you to supply it with the nutrients it needs. Theres a societal and economic reason for the poor dietary habits that are prevalent today.
Have you ever considered the Paleo Diet? This one advocates a philosophy I’ve always espoused: Eat the diet that got us here. Our bodies haven’t changed much in the past 50,000 years; we survived and thrived on foods in their natural state, so why not emulate it? Meats, nuts, fruits, vegetative matter, berries, etc, etc. Try to get back to that and a side benefit might surprise you – a rekindled enjoyment and enhanced taste for the good stuff.
To your health