Peachy the Magazine December 2013 - Page 104

Five Resolutions Worth Keeping has no chemical bonds so when consumed no digestion is needed and the sugar levels have immediate effects. The fructose goes directly to the liver and increases the production of triglycerides and cholesterol. The glucose is rapidly absorbed causing spikes in blood glucose. These spikes have been shown to increase metabolic changes, driving increased appetite, diabetes and weight gain. These changes have also been implicated in cancer, dementia and heart disease. HFCS is found in sweetened drinks and sodas and in many processed foods. The easiest way to avoid HFCS is to avoid all processed foods. —4— REDUCE YOUR INTAKE OF WHITE CARBOHYDRATES In his books “Ultra Metabolism” and “The Blood Sugar Solution,” Mark Hyman, MD, refers to white carbohydrates (white flour, white rice, white pasta and white sugar) as “The White Menace” because of the havoc they wreak on your blood sugar. We once believed that a calorie was a calorie no matter what food source is consumed. New research, however, has shown that when these white carbohydrates are consumed they can spike blood 104 PEACHY sugar levels, which in turn spikes insulin levels. Elevated insulin levels increase fat deposition around our organs. The long term effect is a bigger mid-section and a greater risk of diabetes and heart disease. Unlike trans fats and high fructose corn syrup, completely eliminating white carbohydrates is probably not necessary, but significantly reducing them is beneficial. When they are consumed, they should be accompanied by other food groups such as protein, fiber and vegetables. When carbohydrates are mixed with these foods there is a reduction in the blood sugar levels after consumption. —5— ELIMINATE ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS, COLORS AND PRESERVATIVES The verdict is still not in, but there is plenty of evidence that artificial substances in your food may be harmful. The data is intriguing and many studies suggest that these artificial additives may be responsible for an array of disorders including, but not limited, to lupus, asthma, colitis, irritable bowel disease, among other autoimmune diseases. Don’t be a guinea pig. It is best to avoid ingredients that are manufactured. n