02 Oct If there’s ONE thing you should know, it is this..
When you consume any type of carbohydrates, they are broken down into glucose.
Throughout my years of nutrition study, I’ve had an important relevation.
Source: U.S Department of Agriculture
By stuffing our face with 6-11 servings of bread, cereal, rice and pasta as per dietary food guidelines, I can’t help wonder if this had contributed to the rising obesity epidemic that we’re now facing.
Biochemistry of insulin, appetite and fat storage
As a result of eating excessive carbs including processed foods, our blood sugar rises, hence insulin is released, moving glucose out of blood into the muscles and liver where it is stored as glycogen.
Once they are full of glycogen, if more blood sugar needs to be removed, guess where the insulin will transport it to?
That’s right, fat cells.
I’m not done yet.
Our body is super smart.
When insulin levels are high, another hormone called leptin kicks in and tells your brain to stop eating.
Leptin is produced by fat cells and it turns off the desire to eat.
If a fat person has lots of fat cells, which produces plenty of leptin to get them to stop grazing all the time, then why aren’t they thin?
Let’s pause here and let us all think for a moment.
Because this is the key to the entire ‘obesity epidemic’.
It’s the answer to leptin resistance.
Are you ready?
The answer is INSULIN.
Insulin stops your brain from being able to ‘see’ leptin.
Insulin is our fat storage hormone.
So the key message here is that if we want to sustain weight loss, we must dramatically lower our insulin levels.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t wear a Nazi t-shirt going around telling everyone to remove all sugar. By the way, sugar in itself is not toxic and with all things, the poison in the dose.
It’s about getting our daily intake one notch down to a lower level.
Have you heard of low-carb diet?
This is what some folks do.
Take note that it’s low-carb, not no-carb diet.
Obviously when you cut your carbs down, you’re thinking – Am I going to starve?
When you cut out sugar, fructose and grains, you need to replace those calories with something else.
And rest assured, eating fats do not make you fat.
RECIPE of the week
:: Avocado Jackfruit Mousse ::
- 1 ripe avocado, pitted
- 1 handful of spinach
- 2 jackfruit
- 2 spoon of puffed millet (optional)
- Place half avocado and spinach into a high speed blender and blend till smooth. Set aside.
- Place jackfruit and the remaining avocado into a high speed blender and blend till smooth.
- To plate up, place puffed millet in the cups as first layer, followed by the spinach mixture and then the jackfruit mixture.
- That's it!