Monday, July 16, 2012

What if...? (Food)

What if every bit of the carbohydrates that you eat are broken down into sugar (glucose) in your body?

What if all the breads, potatoes, rice, fruits, sweets, soft drinks become extra blood sugar for your body to process?

What if when you limit your intake of cake, but replace it with a bigger piece of whole wheat bread, you have just replaced one handful of sugar for another?

What if glucose is quite helpful when needed by muscles or the liver for fuel, but with excess amounts it is stored as fat in your own body?

What if this storing of fat is perfectly rational for societies that will experience lean times in the future, but, if you're reading this, you probably don't live in one of those societies?

What if after the cells that require glucose have enough the bloodstream starts to get filled even more with sugar?

What if in response to dangerous levels of blood sugar, the pancreas pumps out more insulin to try to get rid of the blood sugar?

What if high levels of insulin are also dangerous?

What if after trying to pump out more and more insulin because of all the excess sugar, the pancreas basically becomes tapped out?

What if this is the sign that you have just become a Type 2 diabetic?

What if you took a look at the government's food pyramid?

What if you replaced most of the bottom half's labels (Bread, Cereal, Rice, Pasta, Fruits) with the word glucose (sugar), would you wonder why the U.S. and many other countries following the same basic diet scheme are seeing an explosion in the rates of obesity and Type 2 diabetes?

What if I recommended two things for you would you be interested?

What if number 2 is Mark's Daily Apple (a paleo diet blog) where you should start with this page which is where I got most of the ideas for this post?

Note:  The blog is not just for diabetics.  It is for people who want to be healthy, which is most of you.  I think.

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