Recently, more information is circulating about the all too common potato chip, which is seriously placing unwanted fat on those that indulge. This results mainly from the quantity as the average eater of chips rarely stops until the entire bag is gone, and then some. The general fact is that eating roughly 15 potato chips per day will lead to adding on two extra pounds per year. Hardly seems like much, but whose counting chips. I know I used to down 15 chips in less than 10 minutes and when it was over at least 30-50 chips were gone in less than thirty minutes.
Potato chips are surely not the total picture for explaining how two-thirds of the American adult population has come into being overweight or obese. As well as, potato chips are not the only reason why childhood obesity has tripled in the past three decades. Moreover, there is an understanding deficiency regarding how eating simple carbohydrates cause a detrimental rise of insulin levels in the blood triggering the body to stop burning fat and actually start storing fat.
The other thing about foods like potatoes is that they stimulate insulin surges and can cause people to eat 60 – 70% more calories at the following meal. Potatoes in any form from fried to baked and/or mashed all fall into the high glycemic index of food items to avoid. The good news is that sweet potatoes are acceptable because they have more nutrients and fiber. I usually share how processed sugar is the big violator of being a high glycemic item. However, it is so important to consume all low glycemic foods to produce a smaller rise in blood sugar and thereby maintaining a more balanced blood sugar level. Low glycemic index foods can help control established diabetes and can help people lose weight, while improving the body’s sensitivity to insulin.
My current experience with eating nonfat yogurt and other calcium sources has helped to decrease and eliminate sharp hunger pangs and serves as a fat reducer as well. High calcium content foods help the body burn more fat and in the process store less of it. What is even more important is how foods that are low glycemic indexed items will help alleviate mood swings and regulate energy levels. Low glycemic foods are essential for people suffering from diabetes and persons with insulin resistance or Syndrome X.
World-class track and field 1976 and 1984 Olympic star Edwin Moses won 122 consecutive races and set the world record in the 400-meter hurdles four times. Mr. Moses was and is a vegetarian, who trained on low glycemic foods and produced the most impressive endurance ever witnessed in track and field competition.
Dean L. Jones is a marketing strategist with the Southland Partnership Corporation, a public benefit organization. He has published a series of consumer alert articles based on his view of barefaced mismanagement of food/beverage products.