Being choosey about carbohydrates

Basically, carbohydrates (sugars) are chains of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms. They can come in many forms and lengths. The longer, the better. Yes, it is true. The longer the chain, the longer it takes your body to break it down. Vegetables and fruits (and grains) are in a longer form than table sugar, honey, juice. The thing with vegetables is that there is LOTS of water and indigestible fibre (meaning it’s good for your bowels but doesn’t actually get absorbed into the bloodstream as calories).

So why vegetables and not grains? Let me try to explain this. So, all carbs break down, eventually, into glucose, fructose, or galactose (in dairy. Yes, dairy has sugar also..). The difference is in the concentration of sugar. Grains are VERY VERY concentrated in sugar/carbs, while vegetables (and fruit to a lesser degree) are concentrated in water and fibre with very little glucose for the same amount. Does that make sense?

Lets take this a step further…. More glucose equals more calories which also equals a greater likelihood of insulin being released in high amounts which then equals more calories stored as fat which also means less useable energy in your blood going to your brain and body to be burned which then leads to more cravings for high glucose carbs, which perpetuates this silly cycle. So you are still adamant about needing grains?? What you NEED is a steady and small amount of glucose moving through your system- mainly for you brain- that is not going to cause an insulin response. Why? Because you want to USE your food for energy. You want to be burning it not storing it!


So what do you think?