Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Well, my cousin Sharon, who is a Dietitian, wrote back to me regarding this, read on so you can stop badgering me that it's "unhealthy."
There is no need to restrict flour, unless someone has celiac disease or a wheat allergy. Whole grain flour of course is good for the fiber content. But, it isn't unhealthy if you decide to restrict it. Restricting sugar is fine. It is always considered "empty calories" - there are no vitamins, phytochemicals, fiber, antioxidants, or protein in sugars. The term sugar can also refer to simple sugars which would include fructose and lactose. A popular unhealthy ingredient added to many foods is high fructose corn syrup. Glucose is the primary fuel for the brain and central nervous system. However, the body can easily get this from other carbohydrates consumed such as beans, corn, cereals, potatoes, peas, and rice. My advise for dieting is to limit portions, avoid snacks, and limit the fat content of the diet. Fat goes directly into storage. It is never burned or used immediately. Good luck.
And just so we're clear, those of you that have approached me telling me that this is unhealthy, "no sugar" doesn't mean "ZERO SUGAR" it means "no added sugar." I can have the sugars that occur naturally in fruits, vegetables, and dairy. I get plenty of carbs and fiber from whole grains, fruit, and veggies. So there's that.