Saturday, January 8, 2011

The facts about carbohydrates

Carbohydrate foods have been misunderstood for years. Numerous scientific studies show that healthy carbohydrates are an essential part of a nutritious diet

Bad carbs (high glycemic index cabs) cause dangerous spikes in blood sugar. While good carbs (low glycemic index carbs) keep you healthy and fit.

Low glycemic healthy carbohydrates, such as whole grains, beans and most vegetables, are slowly absorbed into the blood stream. But high glycemic carbs, like sugar, white bread, white pasta and white rice, are rapidly absorbed, causing high and low blood sugar swings.

Eating high glycemic carbohydrates forces your pancreas to produce an insulin surge to lower your blood sugar as fast as possible. Your body does this by converting sugar into fat.

Your blood sugar then drops way down out of the high danger zone into the low blood sugar zone. The spiking-then-dropping insulin workout your body goes through makes you feel ravenously hungry.

What's more, insulin keeps you from metabolizing the fat you've got stored. And, when you're feeling hungry, since you can't burn your excess fat, you have to eat more food for energy.

Make smart choices!!!

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