Myth or truth – the whiter the bread-the sooner your dead?

This should not be news to anyone who is health and nutrition conscious - white bread, as opposed to whole wheat and whole grain breads with all their fiber goodness, is not good for you.

Have you ever wondered why refined carbohydrates like doughnuts, pizza crusts, pastas, sodas, sugary breakfast cereals and boxed fruit drinks (with 10% fruit juice) are not good for you?

It all comes down to the fact that refined carbohydrates and simple sugars don’t take long at all to absorb into your blood stream, causing rapid explosions in your blood sugar levels.

This leads to a spike, followed by a rapid drop  in blood sugar, especially in women, according to new research, which is why high carb consumption in women is linked to increased levels of heart disease. Women seem to process carbohydrates differently than men do. (Science has finally caught up to what women have always known!) This may partly explain why it is generally harder for women to lose weight than it is for men. Everyone knows of some man who has only cut out bread from his daily diet and loses 10 pounds, while a woman over the same time period cuts down on everything and only loses 4 pounds.

When you are hungry and eat refined carbohydrates, you may realize that an hour later you are ravenous again. This is because when your blood sugar levels peak and drop instead of staying steady at all times, your body reacts by turning on the appetite switch.

Therefore, eating a diet that maintains a steady, blood sugar level is the best natural appetite suppressant and key to weight loss.

Your mood can also be profoundly altered by the food that you eat. Food can either be your best friend or worst enemy. When serotonin and cortisol levels are affected, a domino effect is initiated and every internal organ is upset if your blood sugar is never within healthy limits.

Continuous spikes and dips in your blood sugar level also can play havoc with your heart health. Those that experience a lot of spikes in their blood sugar are at particularly high risk for heart disease and a heart attack as the natural rhythms of the heart is affected.  The fact that someone has diabetes increases their risk for heart disease.

The only way to know if the food you're buying contains sugar is to know its many aliases or other forms. Here are the common ones: brown sugar, corn syrup, dextrin, dextrose, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, high-fructose corn syrup, galactose, glucose, honey, hydrogenated starch, invert sugar maltose, lactose, mannitol, maple syrup, molasses, polyols, raw sugar, sorghum, sucrose, sorbitol, turbinado sugar, and xylitol.

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