The body is a living laboratory. In the same way mixing two chemicals in a beaker creates a third, mixing sugar and fat in our bodies creates a new version of us, but with undesirable results…
For example, mix the wrong food in your body for several years and don’t add the ingredient of exercise, you produce the undesired result of weight gain and even type 2 diabetes. In this article, we’ll examine how adding this dangerous mixture leads to a vicious cycle of weight gain and insulin resistance, and ultimately diabetes.
What we commonly call sugar, the white powder sitting on our tables, is known as sucrose. Sucrose is actually a disaccharide, meaning it’s made up of two simpler sugars: glucose and fructose.
Eating 100 calories of unrefined sugar from apples verses soda has different effects on the body, even when the calories are the same. For example, the sugar in soda is known as high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), and it’s killing you. Why?
Fructose is metabolized primarily by the liver, so consuming refined sugars (fructose and glucose) means more work for the liver than if you consumed the same number of calories of starch (glucose) like from a baked potato. The big problem is that when fructose hits the liver, it’s stored as liver glycogen in limited supply. Then, any more sugar that needs to be metabolized is turned into body fat. Basically, after a doughnut or two, any more fructose is going to your fat cells unless you’re going to do some serious exercising.
A walk is not going to cut it.
And if you take that sugar in liquid form — soda or fruit juices — the fructose and glucose will hit the liver more quickly than if you consume them, say, in an apple (or several apples, to get what researchers would call the equivalent dose of sugar). The speed with which the liver has to do its work will also affect how it metabolizes the fructose and glucose.
Turning the liver into a fat factory by consuming processed sugars is a major cause of insulin resistance, the fundamental problem in diabetes, and a major cause of obesity and heart disease. So here is the true path to diabetes:
Sugar, processed carbs, are now in everything.
We know we’re not eating just candy all day. Yes, we all know that ice cream and candy bars are all about the sugar. However, many of us try to be balanced, so where’s all the sugar coming from?
The truth is that the advent of fast food that fuels our convenience-based lifestyle has been built on secret sugars: refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup – processed food is stuffed with them without us being aware.
How many of us knew the following more ‘balanced’ choices also are introducing high volumes of sugar into our diets? How many of us have a typical day that might involve all of the below:
Breads, meats, bacon, hot dogs, and even salad dressings contain sugar. Nearly all processed foods commonly eaten by our loved ones carry far more sugar than you. You must be selective in what you eat. Processed foods will make you fatter and even more diabetic.
It’s the only way to know if our food choices are working for us or against us. Getting Carb Conscious is how we can control our weight. The two go hand in hand.
Being Carb Conscious is about enjoying all the foods that modern life affords, but in a way that doesn’t make us gain weight. Yes, that often means moderation. But being Carb Conscious also means knowing that even the ‘healthy’ choices we’re making are – these days – often loaded with sugars that we don’t know we’re consuming.
Being Carb Conscious is not about sacrificing the sweet stuff. It’s about knowing where the sugar is coming from, and making informed choices about when we want to consume it, and how much.
Being Carb Conscious is not about having to give up family favorites. It’s about knowing how to make our favorite foods in a weight loss friendly way. Think low carb nachos, chocolate cake, and crème brulee. They do exist.
Being Carb Conscious is demands we have accurate nutritional information, the most recent research, and an involved community – which is what we offer to our Members.
Fortunately, we have especially designed our Member’s Club so that you can better manage your weight, blood sugar, energy level, and mood.
Take full advantage of our recipes, workout plans, nutritional articles, and interviews with various experts all geared to helping you get control of your diabetes.