10/8/2008 11:05:27 AM
As a physician assistant I have been helping patients manage related issues like obesity, diabetes and heart disease for over ten years now. In my attempt to help people make informed choices I developed a little math exercise that I think simplifies shopping choices when it comes to processed carbohydrates.
As the article suggests, you must look at the food label and the order of ingredients. Look a little farther down the label to the number of grams of carbohydrates, fiber and sugar.
This is a real pearl that works and should help in decision making. Ready...
Divide carbohydrate grams into fiber grams and try to only purchase packaged foods with a ratio of eight or less and no more than 3 grams of added sugar per serving.
The more fiber, the lower the ratio and the better the product. This effectively reflects a lower glycemic index, which is the ability of a carbohydrate to raise blood sugar. A rapid rise is blood sugar calls for a rapid rise in insulin and since insulin is a storage hormone, it becomes quite difficult to loose weight in the presence of a high insulin state. This high insulin state also sets up the chemistry to the development of insulin resistance which increases the risk of either developing diabetes or progression of an established case of diabetes.
James R Kreitner, RPA-C