Friday, July 19, 2013

Absolute no-carbs rule is stupid

Michelle Talsma Everson, AZ Republic, July 3, 2013, writes about carbs.

Oooo--the dreaded carbs. Even that well-known nutritionist Bill O'Reilly is lecturing us on carbs--don't eat bread or spaghetti, he told us the other evening.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, carbs are simple and complex.

Simple ones are refined--made with white flour, sugar, fructose syrup and so on.

The complex ones are whole wheat, certain veggies and fruits, beans, some dairy products.

You've heard of the glycemic index--this tells you how a carb is digested and absorbed. The high fiber, lower sugar foods take longer to digest--they have a low glycemic value.

Low glycemic foods are stone-ground wheat or pumpernickel bread.
Oatmeal
Converted rice, barley, bulgar
Sweet potatoes, corn, yams, butter beans, legumes, and lentils
Most fruits and non-starchy (potatoes are starchy) veggies

Medium glycemic foods are whole wheat, rye or pita bread
Quick oats
Brown, wild or basmati rice

High glycemic are white bread or bagel
Cornflakes, bran flakes, puffed rice, instant oatmeal
Short grain white rice, pasta, macaroni
Russet potatoes
Pretzels, rice cakes, popcorn, saltines
Melons and pineapple

We are should be eating veggies and not saltines or pineapple.

Actually, this is making me hungry.

By the way, there is no evidence that a strict low-glycemic diet is a cure-all.

I am more about variety--Twinkie abstinence--water instead of soda--common sense and some enjoyment. Eat with friends, laugh a lot.

Those dopey Real Housewives--they all pick at egg whites and say please no carbs and then bicker. This can't be good.

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