Many people confuse simple and complex carbohydrates. The digestive tract quickly absorbs simple carbohydrates such as white sugar, white flour, and corn syrup. Blood sugar levels skyrocket, and the body converts any excess sugar into fats and cholesterol. Many of the “fat free” foods advertised in the grocery store are full of sugar, which quickly converts to fat in the body.
Complex carbohydrates contain lots of fiber and other nutrients, and they break down slowly in the digestive tract. Because complex carbohydrates contain more fiber, they provide more bulk in the stomach and make the stomach feel “full” with fewer calories. A cup of French fries and three cups of brown rice contain approximately the same number of calories. You can easily eat a cup of French fries at a meal, but could you comfortably eat three cups of cooked brown rice at one sitting?
The mineral chromium helps stabilize blood sugar levels. The suggested amount is 200 mcg (micrograms) per day. Chromium or any other nutrient, however, should not be taken alone. Ideally you would take a good multi-vitamin and mineral supplement that includes 200 mcg of chromium per day.
Acupuncture can support the digestive system and help reduce sugar cravings. Ask your acupuncturist about using ear seeds between acupuncture visits to reduce cravings. If you are trying to lose weight, remember to include both aerobic and strength building exercise in your daily routine. For more information about weight loss and body composition, visit:
Body Composition: How Much Do You Really Weigh?I hope you have enjoyed this food for thought. I congratulate you on your interest in creating and maintaining lifelong health.
To your health,