Daily Archives: July 7, 2015

TEN FOODS THAT CAN SABOTAGE YOUR DIET

Lookout for these foods. They can sabotage even the best diet. I know some of these have been your old friends. Well, it’s time to make new friends!

1) Pasta: It may be fat-free, but it contains 40 grams of carbs per level cup. That’s enough to set off an insulin reaction and throw the appetite into over-eat mode. If you want to eat pasta, add half a cup of low-fat vegetables to increase fiber and slow digestion. Grapes: Because grapes contain little fiber and lots of glucose, they can cause both an insulin reaction and trigger the release of endorphins, thereby continuing the eating process. Choose bananas, apples, and strawberries, which have more fiber and more fructose, a slower reacting sugar.

2) Rice Products: Instant white rice is rated 91 on the glycemic scale. With no fiber due to refining, it breaks down quickly into glucose, causing an insulin reaction and stimulating the appetite. Rice cakes, a popular snack food, are higher than white bread on the glycemic index. While plain ones are low in calories, most come coated with cheese, caramel, or apple flavoring, and it’s hard to stop after just a few.

3) Non-Lean Red Meat: A six-ounce serving of filet mignon can yield as much as 26 grams of fat. Eat the meat of only free-ranging animals. If these sources are not available or cost too much, concentrate on poultry, fish and tofu.

4) Cream Of Wheat: Is a fast-acting, high-glycemic carb that is usually accompanied by cinnamon and lots of added sugar. Try oats, cream of rye, and oatmeal instead.

5) Fruit Juice: Juices are devoid of fiber, which makes their sugars absorbed quickly into the system. Liquids take up little space in the stomach, exacerbating hunger, rather than satisfying it. Further, the body does not recognize the calories from liquids.

6) Raisins: They are too dense in carbs compared to other fruits (about 65 grams per half-cup). Raisins are so dense in sugar that they can rot your teeth out.

7) Bagels: A single bagel yields about 40 grams of carb; a large one 75 grams. And the 350-400 calories are as much as you should get from an entire small meal. Rye bread and oat bread are better alternatives (both are lower on the glycemic scale).

8) Cold Cereal: Most cereals are loaded with sugar. Only the high fiber, no sugar added cereals help suppress appetite.

9) Grains and beans (except soy): An article in the Wall Street Journal, February 23, 1989, described the dangers of consuming grains. It explained how many grain crops are infected with aflatoxin – a substance produced by asparilla rust – a fungus that infects corn and other grain crops. Aflatoxins have been linked to liver, pancreatic, and esophageal cancers in lab animals.

In 1998, 62% of the Texas corn crop tested exceeded government-approved levels of aflatoxin, and was deemed unfit for human consumption. Some samples exceeded government standards by as much as 50 times! Beans were also inedible before the Agricultural Revolution. Toxic compounds called alkaloids are found in all species of legumes, which include peanuts. These natural pesticides protect beans from predators. Some of these compounds include cyanogens such as cyanide. Fava plants (a type of bean) contain the toxins vicine, covicne, and isouramil. These toxins inhibit red blood cells from delivering oxygen to the various tissues of the body. Cooking legumes (beans and peas) breaks down most, but not all, toxins.

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