Sunday, September 23, 2007

Do you want more proof fast digesting carbs are what's making you fat?

What is responsible for the obesity epidemic? I teach that it is the over consumption of refined carbohydrates, high glycemic foods, like potatoes, white rice, most cereals, breads and especially sugar and high fructose corn syrup.
The word protein means "of first importance". In fact it's a scientific fact that amino acids that come from proteins and fatty acids that come from good fats are essential for long term health. Carbohydrates are non essential. Except for the pigments (phytonutrients) and anti-oxidants found in fruits and vegetables and the beneficial fiber, the sugars from these foods are mostly a stress to our bodies, depending on how well you regulate glucose and how much insulin you produce as a result of digesting these foods. Your health and longevity depend upon maintaining proper blood sugar balance. There are three major centenarian studies going on around the world. They are trying to find the variable that would confer longevity among this group of people who live to be 100 years old. Why do centenarians become centenarians? Why are they so lucky? Is it because they have low cholesterol, exercise a lot and live a healthy, clean life? Well, the oldest person ever recorded was Jean Calumet of France who died last year at 122 years of age. She smoked all of her life and drank. What researchers are finding from these major centenarian studies is that there is hardly anything in common among these people. They have high cholesterol and low cholesterol, some exercise and some don't, some smoke, some don't. Some are nasty as can be, some nice and calm and some are ornery.

But, they all have relatively low sugar for their age, and they all have low triglycerides for their age, which is the storage fat generated by excess carbohydrate consumption. And, they all have relatively low insulin.

Here is just another study to confirm this that came out this week.


Diet Change Can Curb Fatty Liver Disease...
Fri Sep 21, 11:46 PM ET

FRIDAY, Sept. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Diets high in quick-burning carbohydrates may cause fatty liver disease, which can lead to liver failure and death, according to a study in mice by researchers at Children's Hospital Boston.
If these findings are confirmed in humans, it may mean that fatty liver disease can be prevented and possibly treated through dietary changes, the study authors said.
They fed mice either a high- or low-glycemic index diet. The mice on the high-glycemic diet received a type of cornstarch that's digested quickly, while those on the low-glycemic diet received a cornstarch that's slowly digested.
In humans, examples of high-glycemic foods -- which raise blood sugar quickly -- include white bread, white rice, most prepared breakfast cereals and concentrated sugar. Vegetables, fruits, beans and unprocessed grains are examples of low-glycemic foods, which raise blood sugar slowly.
In this study, both groups of mice received equal amounts of total calories, fat, protein, and carbohydrate. After six months, both groups of mice weighed the same. However, the mice on the high-glycemic diet had twice the amount of fat in their bodies, blood and livers than those on the low-glycemic diet.
The findings were published in the September issue of the journal Obesity.
"Our experiment creates a very strong argument that a high-glycemic index diet causes, and a low-glycemic diet prevents, fatty liver in humans," research leader Dr. David Ludwig, director of the Optimal Weight for Life program at Children's Hospital Boston, said in a prepared statement.
He and his colleagues have just launched a clinical trial to examine whether a low-glycemic index diet can reverse fatty liver in overweight children.
More information
The American Liver Foundation has more about fatty liver.

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Christopher Wiechert, C.N.C.

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