Populations who eat rice and potatoes seem healthier than we in the US who are obese favoring a low carb diet, with fatty foods like cheese and meat and other fats. Who isn’t hungry a half an hour after eating Asian food?
So, what can you do to protect your health? I have talked about my concerns and doubts about eating potatoes, bread and rice many times. This is because sometimes I feel tired shortly after eating these. I have heard blood sugar spikes are not healthy over a period of time. This may be true or not.
But, there may be no real need to worry about blood sugar spikes eating real food, because it appears to satisfy the appetite reducing further food intake. Furthermore, it seems eating high carb food brings more satisfaction to the appetite than eating only cheese and meat.
I am still not completely sure, because as soon as you begin thinking about eliminating something from your diet or cutting back on it, another source says it’s OK to eat more of it.
It gets confusing. Yet, above all, learn how to trust how your body feels after eating something…
You simply have to become your own counsel and research expert when reviewing health, weight loss and diet information on the internet or anywhere else for that matter.
One thing about the internet for sure is that the information can be found at your finger tips in abundance. You just have to do some weeding out. But, there is no substitute for your doctor’s care, guidance and advice. So, do consult him or her if you have any doubts.
What I have found…
- Simple sugars in fruit is healthful
- Complex carbs are in yellow and green vegetables
- Dietary fiber found in plant based whole food is also a complex carbohydrate
The glycemic index and glycemic load of food is confusing. But, sugar doesn’t cause diabetes, fat does. Some junk and snack food has a lower GI than carrots, so by that it may appear eating a carrot is unhealthy. We know that’s untrue.
‘For a healthy diet, limit the amount of added sugar that you eat and choose whole grains over refined grains [1 medlineplus.gov/carbohydrates.html].’
High GI carbohydrates like in potatoes and carrots do not necessarily make these unhealthful to eat. Also, the simple sugars found in fruits are not bad for you. The fiber in plant based whole food tends to throttle sugar absorption. GI or Glycemic Index is basically the rate of absorption of carbohydrates in the body.
We must do our own research so we can choose good foods to eat.
- These are legumes, which are beans like pinto beans and lentils
- Multi colored fruits and vegetables
- Seeds and nuts
- Whole grains like brown rice or basmati is a better choice than white
- But, it’s better to eat white rice instead of none at all
- There is a concern though about arsenic in rice
- Also, there is a concern about acrylamide in potatoes from frying or baking them too long
The other day, I ate an avocado with a touch of seasoning salt chopped up and spread on toasted sour dough bread, which kept me going strong for hours…
Nutritional quality of the food you eat is of utmost importance. In other words, if you eat plant based whole food, you can’t go wrong. A balance of cooked and raw is a good guideline to follow for best nutrition. Plant based whole food has the perfect balance of carbs, fat and protein.
It is food designed for us to eat. Where we get in trouble is when we eat processed and refined foods like using oil to cook our foods in, olive oil drizzled on salads, high fructose corn syrup and all animal products like meat, dairy and eggs.
Source- 1 URL medlineplus.gov/carbohydrates.html
Website Title MedlinePlus
Article Title Carbohydrates
Date Published June 18, 2018
Date Accessed November 06, 2018
Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.