White Foods And Why They Are Bad

It’s not the color exactly. For example, white navy beans would be just fine. It is the fact that so many white foods contribute to huge amounts of simple carbohydrates finding their way into your body and bloodstream and coming dangerous by being converted to and stored throughout the body as fat. These simple carbohydrates also set off a potent hormonal cascade, a stimulus of the hormones insulin and leptin, the main drivers of a rebound affect of yet more hunger, more calorie intact and more fat storage. The whole sequence leads to obesity and disease like early heart disease, impotence, strokes, blindness, kidney failure and cancer.

So make a list. Start with the obvious, sucrose, simple table sugar. No good reason what-so-ever to add this to anything you are eating or drinking. There are plenty of wonderful flavors that do not require added sugar. Oatmeal and breakfast cereals are a good example. Once you dispense with adding extra sugar, you find, in a short period of time, your pallet adjusts to enjoy the food just as much, only without the extra sweetness. In fact, you find that if sugar does get added by mistake to these foods, you won’t like it anymore because you have become accustomed to a less sweet version that allows more of the natural flavors to come through.
Incidentally, this is the same thing that occurs with wine drinking. Novice wine drinkers start with sweet dessert wines and gradually progress through sweet white wines and onto drier reds, eventually discovering that the depths and fullness of wine tastes lies with these very dry, unsweetened beverages.

In addition to raw table sugar, think of all the things table sugar has already been added to. Topping the list would probably be sweetened beverages like your good ole’ favorite soft drinks and lest you overlook it, high fructose corn syrup is just as bad. So despite the word “corn” which might sound vaguely natural, high fructose corn syrup is nothing of the kind. It is a raw simple carbohydrate in a powerful form, a delicious and cheap sweetener that is added to many, many foods and drinks. For your healthier weight and trimmer waist line, avoid it like the plague. This means saying no to virtually all of the sweetened products and soft drinks out there. One of our first rules for anyone seeking to lose weight through our system: beverages must be zero calorie. Plain and simple, it’s not difficult just do it.

Consider other “white foods”. These include things like white rice, white noodles, anything made with white processed flour and of course potatoes. All of these white foods are simple carbohydrates that behave just like the table sugar we started with. Think of them as all virtually identical because that is the way your body sees them. They are each absorbed very rapidly into the blood stream by the intestinal villi. They produce the rapid surges in insulin and leptin and lead to the same deleterious effects within your body with increased fat deposition and a new round of powerful hunger right on the heels of the last one. All of these are ranked very high in being high glycemic index foods, the ones best avoided or minimized.

Don’t fret, there are plenty of alternatives, virtually all of which taste better and are more fulfilling to eat once you make the switch. Whole grains, complex carbohydrates, natural fruits and vegetables, proteins and dietary fats all provide wonderful flavor richness and unrivaled eating experience with far left tendency toward rebound hunger, fat deposition and insidious weight gain. Together with a conscious effort to limit overall calorie intake, switching off of the “white foods” will enable you to lose weight, keep it off, live longer and feel healthier.

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