Death By Diets Part Two
Here’s how it all goes down:
The most easily digestible carbohydrates are the most fattening. They pump glucose into the bloodstream more quickly, causing insulin to elevate. Insulin then takes sugar and automatically stores it as FAT! Here’s a quick list of the most fattening, hormone disrupting foods we are currently consuming:
Foods made from flour: Breads, Pastas and Cereals
Liquid carbohydrates: Alcohol, Soda, Fruit Juices
Starches: Potatoes, Rice, and Corn based products
A short layman’s explanation for those unfamiliar with food chemistry: “proteins” are just amino acids linked together in chains, and “carbohydrates” are just simple sugars (glucose, fructose, galactose) linked together in chains. When a carbohydrate is small (two simple sugars) and tastes sweet, we call it “sugar”—and when a carbohydrate is big (many simple sugars) and doesn’t taste sweet, we call it “starch”. But it’s all the same thing: “carbs” are just sugar, and your body breaks them all down into simple sugars before using them.
“Glycemic index” is a measure of how quickly the sugar in a food (including starch and other “carbohydrates”) appears in our bloodstream, fully disassembled, after we eat it. The higher the glycemic index, the quicker the sugar hit.
Note that white rice has a higher glycemic index (64) than Coca-Cola (58), and ‘healthy’ breakfast cereals like cornflakes (81) and Grape Nuts (71) have a higher glycemic index than a Snickers bar (55)!
Interestingly, there is no special dietary name for short proteins: they’re all just called “protein”.