Mom was right when you were a child and implored you to eat your vegetables, but the blanket, one-size-fits-all recommendation to eat your veggies needs to be taken with a grain of salt as some vegetables are high in starches and thus convert into sugar rapidly, potentially leading to a bigger belly.
In fact, some starches get digested so quickly that they raise your blood sugar levels higher than white table sugar.
And sorry, ketchup, even though the U.S. Congress deemed it one, is not a vegetable. (Never mind the fact that unless you’re a ketchup junkie, there are tastier sauces to cook with Miracle Noodle; stay tuned for an upcoming blog: what are the healthiest--and tastiest--sauces to cook Miracle Noodle with.)
Before divulging which starches cause bulging and the others that can promote weight loss, let’s define what a starch is. Quite simply, starches are molecular chains of simple sugars. They are odorless, white carbohydrate (energy) storehouses that are found in plant matter.
Though baked goods like bread, pastries, and the like are not considered vegetables they do contain flour, which is a starch, and because all vegetables are derived from plants, veggies also are starches. All carbohydrates--veggies are carbs and so,too, are breads and other baked goods, regular noodles, and fruits--so it’s critical to understand that not all starches are created equally.
The refinement of processed foods causes the structure of the starch to be broken down quite rapidly, often burned up well before they reach the large intestine. These kinds of starches raise blood sugar levels and should be avoided by anyone who wants to control their weight or improve their diabetes.
Vegetables that have gotten a bad rap, but are safe to eat in moderation
Some vegetables are relatively high in sugar but because they have a significant amount of fiber, the conversion of the starch into sugar is much slower than, say, mashed potatoes.
Carrots are probably at the top of the list. Vilified by extreme dieters (bodybuilders, models and other carb-o-phobes), carrots are jam packed with beta carotene, a precursor to Vitamin A. Try cutting tiny dime-shaped pieces of carrots and lightly cooking them with Miracle Noodle. They provide a savory juxtaposition of crunchy with soft, silky Miracle Noodle.
Beets are also a no-no according to some diet ‘gurus,’ again for their relatively high sugar content. But it’s not like beets have the same amount of sugar as a Big Gulp. A moderate portion of beets (tasty in a salad or sauteed in a Miracle Noodle stirfry) can help cleanse the liver.
The best of the best vegetables to cook with
Nutritionists recommend eating a variety of colors in the vegetable rainbow, such as red peppers, black/purple eggplant, orange raw carrots, etc….But in general, the healthiest vegetables are green. Think: spinach, broccoli, kale, chard, and green onions, collard greens, green beans, edamame, asparagus and zucchini.
These vegetables, as long as they are not overcooked in your Miracle Noodle favorite dish (click here for a free download of the Miracle Noodle 82-page Recipe Book) contain the most powerful phyto- (plant) nutrients in the vegetable kingdom.
Steaming green vegetables or lightly sautéing them is the healthiest thing to add to a Miracle Noodle dish along with a lean protein.
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