Downing Carbs May Up Your Hunger

Sunday, July 07, 2013

And now you've heard it all. Every article, every TV show, every new book of promises....the list goes on and on. In search of a quick fix, people will pay fortunes and have little to show for it. Instead of working against our bodies, let's do a little research and see if we can reach our own healthy conclusions.

I saw this article in the news and just had to get it out to my Sparkies.

According to the author, those carbs from breakfast only send your blood sugar soaring and then, suddenly, plummeting. We all agree that about 4 hours after we've put down that fork, such a meal can make you hungrier than if you'd eaten one with more protein and fiber and fewer simple carbs, according to a new study.

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The echo of a heavy carb meal activates the regions of the brain associated with craving and reward seeking more powerfully than does a meal with a lower "glycemic load." The result at your next meal is that you'll not only be hungrier, you'll be looking for more of the same! Just ask Dunkin Donuts. They make millions off the sugar addiction of simple carbs.

This study was conducted by researchers from Harvard Medical School and was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, so they must be on to something. These researchers surmise that the striantum, a key node in the brain's reward circuity, may lose its sensitivity to the neurotransmitter dopamine (the feel good, reward yourself one) so that it increases a person's drive to eat high-carb foods and disrupting the ability to control that impulse.

So you don't wonder why you hear that donut calling your name???? I've gotten donut ear muffs so I don't hear it. And I've also done a lot of studying of what I eat and when and how. That heavy carb breakfast that is typically American will indeed kill you if you don't offset the sugar load of simple carbs.

That's why you make fast friends with the other carbs out there. Not all carbs are "bad" since your brain runs on glucose which is formed by burning carbs. The way out of the maze of muffins is to look for other sources, those that take longer to digest. Those that don't go straight to your insulin levels. This also translates into bigger fat cells (yikes)

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Food is your friend. Make peace with your body. Add a higher octane to your calorie burn.

Your investigative reporter~Jessica
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    Pretty soon they'll say high protein diets are bad for you. I just say eat balanced.
    1690 days ago
  • 68ANNE
    I knew some of that but it certainly helps to hear it again and in other words.
    1690 days ago
    thanks for the great info
    1690 days ago
    My blood sugar is certainly more stable now that I am careful with my carb tolerance and space them out. I never eat carbs without protein and it really helps. 130 gms of carbs is a really good amount for me. LOL.
    1690 days ago
    I can't remember the last time I had a donut. When I did flea markets back in 2000? we use to stop at Dunkin Donut and get 2 donuts and a large hot chocolate. Then for lunch there was the hot dog guy. You could have other stuff too, of course all bad for you, but I had 2 hot dogs with his concoction of stuff on them, of course onion rings and a Mt Dew or two. That was my weekend menu. That is why I weighed 248 pounds. Now I know better.

    I went to Boston on a trip Saturday. We stopped at Roy Rogers for breakfast. There was not one healthy thing on that menu for breakfast, not one. I ended up having 3 pancakes and 3 strips of bacon. I only had a banana for lunch and walked and walked and....................It didn't hurt me.

    Maybe you might want to investigate why restaurants don't offer healthy options. McDonald's does. That is where we were suppose to stop but the bus driver wanted Roy Roger's. Yes, he is overweight.
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    Comment edited on: 7/8/2013 10:44:30 AM
    I needed some donut earmuffs yesterday. Once I got started with the carbs in the morning , I couldn't stop!
    1690 days ago
    There really is truth to this! Thank you for a great blog!
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    1690 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    Good info, and thanks for sharing! I have to admit, I do love my sweets! I'll have to find myself a pair of those doughnut earmuffs! emoticon
    1690 days ago
    thanks for sharing these thoughts very informational
    one day at a time
    1690 days ago
    donut Earmuffs.. emoticon emoticon
    1690 days ago
    My brownies used be calling my name.Lol)) yes, I was addicted to bunch of sweets and junk foods. They can be addictive as drugs. And they are legal . I become smarter nowadays and choosing whole foods and veggies and fruits. After all " You are what you eat." You can control what's going to your body. And prevent illness and become healthy. Thanks for sharing this blog. I enjoyed reading it. Great blog. emoticon
    1691 days ago
    Oh, my, goodness! DONUT EARMUFFS! Brilliant! emoticon
    1691 days ago
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