In the first and second blog posts in this series “First Wealth is Health” our intention was to put you in the picture. We introduced you to the Glycemic Index – sugar is at the top of the list with a value of 100 and all other carbohydrates are measured against it.
Sugar is more addictive than cocaine and food companies hide it in food products by using words ending in, ‘ose’, like sucrose and, the words sugar and syrup in the name.
We explained the highest volume ingredient is listed first on food labels and reduces with each subsequent ingredient. We discussed nutritional content:
Our mission with this blog series is first to prevent you from developing a dread disease such as diabetes or obesity and avoid the many health issues related to them. These include:• Heart disease
Second, to improve all round performance in academics, extra mural activities and your ability to successfully navigate everyday pressures being a student brings.
Third to help you reduce your carb intake and provide simple, practical tips and tricks to help you do it.
While highly processed white carbohydrates such as white bread, white flour and maize meal look different to the eye, in your brain and body it has the same response as table sugar.
Processed carbohydrates, referred to as simple or refined, have had all the fibre and other nutrients removed, the largest source of refined carbohydrates is white flour. Sugars such as table sugar and high fructose corn syrup are also referred to as simple carbs. They are high in calories, however the calories they provide, do not provide any sustenance. When consuming these we feel full momentarily but quickly feel hungry again and wanting more due to the endorphins or brain reward we receive. The words, empty carbs are often used to describe the lack of sustenance these provide.
Majority of people believe that brown bread is healthier than white. While there are exceptions (Seeded, 100% Rye and Sourdough), the glycemic index of brown bread the majority of South Africans consume equals white.
Now that you know white refined, processed carbohydrates are bad for you, what should you do? The ideal answer eat them infrequently and reduce the amount you consume at all meals.
There are several ways you can lower the GI of carbohydrates:
Eating less carbohydrates is the best strategy for reducing weight gain and preventing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Here are some tips:
We have reached the end of another post, thank you for reading. Eating well has so many facets and requires an extended series of posts to just scratch the surface. In the next post we will continue to discuss foods that are good and those that should be avoided.
At The Fields in Hatfield Pretoria, we are continuously looking for ways to improve the lives of our student residents and help them flourish in their studies. Need any information on our excellent accommodation contact us we look forward to hearing from you.
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