Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Always Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables
Anyone can eat 1 cup of pasta, but it's hard work to eat 6 cups of steamed broccoli. Yet both contain the same amount of carbohydrates (due to the large amounts of fiber and water they contain which dilute out the carbohydrate). Why? Because fruits and vegetables are low-density carbohydrates. By eating primarily low-density carbohydrates, such as fruits and vegetables, you set up a natural control system that helps control the total amount of carbohydrates being consumed at any 1 meal. In addition, the fiber (especially if it's soluble fiber) in low-density carbohydrates helps slow down the rate of entry of carbohydrates into the bloodstream, thus lowering insulin secretion. On the other hand, grains, starches, pasta and bagels are very high-density carbohydrates (which means it's very easy to over consume them). This is why I recommend using high-density carbohydrates in moderation, as condiments, if you want to control insulin.