Dr. Bowden discusses the dangers related to eating bread, rice and pasta.
The hidden dangers of breads, pastas and rice and other white grains and starches is not really so hidden.
These things raise our blood sugar almost as quickly and almost as high as eating plain old white sugar right out of the bowl.
There’s a measure of this called the glycemic index and glycemic load, and if you look at white sugar and you look at white bread, they are virtually identical.
We get approximately 300 grams of carbohydrates a day – far too many for anybody trying to maintain weight, and most of it is not coming from vegetables and fruits. It’s coming from exactly the foods I just described.
Processed pastas, processed breads, processed cereals, masquerading as healthy foods but in fact these are very, very high in sugar and even if they are not high in sugar the body, by the time they get down to esophagus and they hit the stomach the body treats them exactly like sugar.
So when you have a high-sugar diet like that or a diet of foods that converts to sugar very quickly your blood sugar goes up, a hormone called insulin starts to get secreted and you are in fat storage mode.
And this is one of the biggest dangers for obesity, diabetes and all these other things.
And it’s why these things respond so well to a lower carb diet, doesn’t have to be drastically low to zero, but when we could bring it down to maybe 100 grams a day instead of 300-400 grams a day, we are doing ourselves an enormous, enormous benefit.
Dr. Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S.:
Dr. Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S, is a nutrition expert specializing in anti-aging and weight loss. Dr. Bowden has a Master’s Degree in psychology and counseling and a Ph.D. in nutrition. He has earned six national certifications in personal training and exercise. He is board certified by the American College of Nutrition and is adjunct faculty at Clayton College for Natural Health based in Birmingham, Alabama.