a Carb is a Carb is a Carb

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Our bodies metabolize all (net) carbohydrates as glucose (sugar). Glucose causes an insulin response. Insulin is our fat storage hormone. Hence carbs make us fat.

Recently I listened to a podcast interview of Dr. Kurt Harris a neuro radiologist and Paleo nutrition blogger.
Link to interview>>

In the interview he gave an interesting comparison of how to measure the insulin response our bodies would have of a given food. He said to take the (net) carbohydrate grams of a food and then divide that by four to calculate the number of teaspoons of sugar impact that particlar food would have and the corresponding insulin response our bodies would then have upon consuming that food.

Intrigued I took a few foods and did the calculation. I decided to use Photoshop to do a little visual presentation of what this actually means. They say a picture is worth a thousand words.

Conclusion: If the goal is weight loss it would probably be a good idea to avoid all foods that spike insulin.
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  • no profile photo FLORIDAMARIE
    I like the idea of researching nutrition. We don't find all the answers in cookbooks or in diet books, but we have to keep looking. I really enjoyed the book Good Calories, Bad Calories - made me want to research paleo diets.
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