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Three Health Tragedies: #3 Drowning in Carbohydrates
In the last edition, we discussed the disappearance of Healthy Fats from diet as a result of a sustained campaign against it. As the share of healthy fats diminished from diet, there was a consequent increase in the consumption of carbohydrates (Carbs in short). While a correlation is not necessarily causation, it is important to note that the increase in obesity has coincided with increase in carbs. In 1991, US Department of Agriculture institutionalized this approach to nutrition by creating this Food Pyramid, only aiding to preponderance of carb consumption and related health consequences.
It is a common belief that carbohydrates are essential nutrition but the truth is that there is no such thing as essential carbs. Body need to provide about 20 grams of glucose for the brain and some other functions that it can make for itself. This is not to suggest that the one should not consume carbs which is otherwise is not practically feasible since carbs are pervasive. The purpose of this edition is to bring to your notice the consequence of high carb consumption and lowering its intake gives clear and immediate benefits to the body.
Let us see what happens to the human body when we have large amounts carbs. Let’s look what most of have for a breakfast. Milk with cornflakes or dalia, couple of toasts, jam & jellies, fruits or juice and added sugar in your tea of coffee. You can see that for most part the breakfast consists of carbodydrates especially if it is without eggs. Such a high dose of carbs leads to surge in blood sugar. As a response to this sugar spike, pancreas releases Insulin to facilitate the absorption of blood sugar in the cell. Of courses, Insulin converts the excess sugar to body fat.
Insulin brings down the blood sugar. However, the insulin remains elevated in the blood for a long times. In effect, the body sugar tends to go to a level where we would we begin the feel hungry again. Briefly speaking, we get into hungry-sugary-hungry cycle. This is especially true for the refined carbs which cause the sharper spike of blood sugar and therefore of the insulin as well making the hungry-sugary-hungry cycle more accentuated.
Interpreted other way, intake of high carbs cause more carbs to be consumed. This is one single reason why we become overweight. Being overweight has been blamed on higher consumption of calories and less exercise which is not necessarily the case and we shall explain this in near future. However, the real reason is high consumption of carbohydrates especially the consumption of processed and refined carbs. The high consumption of carbs is actually the result of low consumption of good fats which has led to a perpetual hunger, conspicuously or otherwise.
Later in the series, we will get deeper in this issue. What you could do right away is to prune your overall carbs consumption especially the refined carbs. Let most part of your carbs come from veggies and not grains. As we had suggested earlier, minimize or eliminate grains from your dinner plate and begin to notice the positive signs of well-being within couple of days or weeks.
Gautam Vivek, the author has been working on Health & Wellness for over seven years. He was found to a diabetic in 2012 which lead him to delve deeper in the issue of health. Having reversed his diabetes and found simpler answers to complex health issues, he is now supporting hundreds of people to redeem their health naturally. He is currently working on his book on the same subject.