Sugar and starch, your friends in your healthy lifestyle
Sugar and starch, also known as carbohydrates, are shunned by many people. But this nutrition group will give you energy in the short and long term.
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Your body converts these substances into glucose. It is then either burned or in limited amounts stored in your liver and muscles. If this storage is full and new glucose is added your body it will be stored as fat.
Carbohydrates are divided into two groups: the digestible and indigestible carbohydrates.
The digestibles include sugar and starch. The sugars are most often rapidly burned, while your body takes much longer to process starches into glucose. They keep you satisfied much longer.
Sugars make your body create a sugar peak. When that happens insulin is being released to lower it again.
People who consume a lot of sugar often feel lethargic and tired after they ate too much candy. It is the dip they feel after a high. Often they think it will help when they eat some more sugar but it only intensifies the effect. By giving your body starches instead of sugar, it will have to "chew" on it much longer.
About half of your diet should consist of carbohydrates, which you''d best divide for a large part of whole grains, fruit and vegetables and a small part refined carbohydrates and sugar. It is part of life, right?
Sugar tastes good, but like with alcohol, use it sparingly!
Indigestible carbohydrates are what we call fiber. This is very important for you. Because we eat so much refined foods we do not consume enough fiber. They make sure that
- you will chew your food better, which will make it digest better
- glucose enters your blood stream much slower, so peaks are more easily prevented
- your visit to the bathroom will go much easier and your stool is softer
- your stool will move through your intestines faster because the peristaltic movement is improved
- you are satisfied much longer because your body is busy with digestion
In short, sugar and starch are important for your body. Choose foods with lots of starch and that are low on sugar. Also make sure that you eat a lot of fiber.
From sugar and starch to a Healthy Lifestyle