Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The New Food Rules from Time Magazine (Rules Five and Six)

We started reviewing "The New Food Rules" from the January 4, 2016 issue of Time magazine. Today we will discuss last two new food rules (5 and 6).

5. Stay Away From Zer0-Calorie Foods and Drinks. Artificial sweeteners mess with our reward centers in the brain making us believe we haven't received enough energy, causing us to eat more than we would have otherwise. Artificial sweeteners also alter gut bacteria predisposing us to glucose intolerance--a precursor to diabetes. 

Do I agree? Yes. Artificial sweeteners, especially aspartame, act as excitotoxins. Excitotoxins kill brain neurons increasing our risk to neurological conditions such as memory loss, dementia, and seizures. For more on excitotoxins, see Excitotoxins: Dangers of Aspartame and MSG.  Choose water, diluted juices, or tea instead.

4. Some Foods May Wire You for Weight Gain. Refined carbohydrates raise insulin levels. Insulin, a hormone, prepares the body to hoard calories in case of famine. Therefore, consuming refined carbohydrates makes you "hungry" even if you just ate half a loaf of bread.  

Do I agree? Yes. Mostly. Refined carbohydrates are no different than eating sugar. It messes with insulin levels. However, whole wheat can also spike insulin levels. Whole grains have much more nutrients than refined grains. They contain B vitamins and fiber. Avoid the refined carbs and any modern wheat. Brown rice, quinoa, spelt, oats, and millet are much better alternatives. Just make sure you eat them with protein and a healthy oil. This will help prevent blood sugar levels from swinging. Eat oatmeal with walnuts or rice with beans and avocado. See Food Rule Number 2  for more details on grains. 


Time, December 28, 2015 - January 4, 2016 issue, p. 148.

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