Carbohydrates are scientifically proven to be addictive, triggering the same response in the brain as valium and other tranquilizers. So if you’re carb crazy, it might not be your fault. But there are some high-carb foods, and sugar-free foods that you should avoid at all costs.
How do you know which ones to avoid? Perhaps some of these golden rules that nutritionists often dispense to their clients may help:
--If the food wasn’t around 1,000 years ago don’t eat it.
--As the legendary health guru, Jack Lalanne said, “If man made it, don’t eat it.”
--If you can’t pronounce the ingredients on the label, don’t eat it.
--If the amount of ingredients on the label exceeds more than a handful or so, don’t eat it.
--If it doesn't run, swim, fly, or come from trees, plants or the ground, don’t eat it.
Don’t eat non-food foods!
Perhaps you’ve heard dozens of times to avoid processed food. But what exactly is a processed food? After all, even meat that is considered generally healthy, such as pasture-raised, grass-fed beef is processed; ground beef doesn’t exactly grow in trees.
There’s also a process involved in the cultivation of nuts and seeds, two other types of foods that are considered very healthy.
But these foods are minimally processed and provide nourishing vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids.
The term ‘processed foods’ refers to non-food foods, which offer little, if any nutrition. These are foods that have been loaded with extra sugar, or in some cases, they may even be sugar-free, though they also may contain artificial sweeteners.
Take the examples of fruit roll-ups and an energy/meal replacement bar. If you look at the wrappers of both of these foods, you may notice that they actually contain several vitamins and minerals. Many people think fruit roll-ups and energy bars are healthy foods. But they are heavily processed. Refer to the above golden rule of nutrition, “If it doesn’t come from the ground or a plant or tree, don’t eat it.”
Both these foods are heavily processed and added with sugars like high-fructose corn syrup. Also avoid canned fruit, another example of a food you may think would be good for you, but instead, has a high-glycemic load and will spike your blood sugar due to added syrup. Eat an apple instead of drinking apple juice or eating a fruit roll-up.
--Here are some other non-food foods you should avoid:
--Packaged lunch meats
--baked goods (cakes, cookies, pastries)
--Watching TV snacks (pretzels, potato chips, most commercial crackers)
White flour: only slightly less evil than the devil?
Before the upper classes of Europe emerged in the late 19th century, bread was dark and loaded with vitamins and minerals. But the wealthy, elite societies, particularly in western European countries, wanted to distance themselves from the poor masses. One way they did this was through nutrition. Modern food processing techniques of the late 19th and early 20th century gave birth to white flour and white bread. The upper crust started throwing away the dark, hearty crust, opting instead for more “sophisticated” white bread.
Today’s white flour products, including white bread should not be allowed to be called ‘food.’ The definition of a real food is something that provides nourishment. The refinement of white flour devitalizes--or strips--the food of several nutrients, including:
Old-world breads, the healthy kind of carbs, was processed very, very slowly. Mills would grind the flour in a process that took much longer, thus the healthy nutrients were preserved. By contrast, modern milling techniques is a warp-speed process using high heat that kills most of the nutrition. In addition, much of the flour that’s found in wrapped baked goods and breads is treated with chlorine, to whiten the flour.
You wouldn’t eat a baked good while submerged in a swimming pool, would you? Well, if you eat highly refined foods loaded with white flour, that’s essentially what you are doing.
The processing of wheat into flour, especially white flour, strips the plant of its healthy components, including the germ and bran of the seed. This heavy processing also produces toxins which can destroy the cells in your pancreas that produces insulin, leading to diabetes.
Are highly processed, non-food, high-carb products really worth a lifetime of medical problems? Hopefully, you’ll think not. In fact, if you want to see a noticeable improvement in your health, avoid all wheat products for at least 2-4 weeks to let your body heal itself from the inflammation caused by the modern processing of wheat flour.
Why high-carb foods lead to obesity and diabetes and what carb lovers should do about it
Eating large amounts of high-carb foods, many of which contain highly processed flour, results in greater fat storage in the body.
Some high-carb foods, though, actually take longer to burn than, say, baked goods loaded with white flour. Pasta is one example. Does this mean it’s ok to feast on pasta if you’re carb-crazy? No! If you’re trying to lose weight and improve your diabetes, you should be consuming as many all-natural foods as possible that do not raise your blood sugar levels at all, preventing the conversion of carbohydrates into fat storage.
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