When you’re talking about the best foods for a healthy diet and foods to help you lose weight, potatoes and rice are often hotly debated as to whether they should be part of that diet. The debate is worldwide, not just in Sterling. In fact, there’s a famous debate online between a doctor, Dr Ron Rosedale, MD and an astrophysicist from MIT and Berkley, Paul Jaminet, PhD, author of the book, Perfect Health Diet, as to whether potatoes and rice should be eaten. Rosendale believes that not only sugar, but all foods that ultimately convert to sugar should be avoided. Jaminet disagrees and says glucose has useful functions in the body, if it’s depleted, it can stress systems in the body that need glucose to perform.
What’s the answer?
Most people won’t follow either type of diet. Since Rosedale advocates complete elimination of sugar and all foods that convert to sugar and Jaminet suggests people should lower their carbohydrate calories to 20 or 30 percent of the diet. That’s because most people consume about 50 percent carbohydrates. There is a case for reducing carbohydrates and sugar from the diet and scientific data to back it. Every individual has unique intestinal flora and what you eat either feeds it or starves it. Some people need more glucose for that reason. To add to the debate is the paleo diet where rice is the evil food. It’s counted along with grains, both brown and white rice. According to the Paleo diet, rice contains natural compounds to protect the rice. They contain a natural insect repellent, mold deterrent and sunscreen.
What’s the answer?
Somewhere in the information on the hotly debated foods, you’ll find the answer. The answer is simple. It all comes down to your body. The GAPS diet, created for a number of specific health issues, includes a small amount of calories from carbohydrates. There’s been research on longevity to see what increases the FGF21—fibroblast growth factor 21. Low protein, high carbs did in this study. Another animals study showed that a high fat/low carb diet increased lifespan by 13 percent. The answer is to cut out processed food, eat healthy, limit sugar and keep starchy carbohydrates lower until you find your own perfect diet.
- If you have a health issue, work with a doctor to see if changing your diet can improve your health, while you’re using medicine and other techniques. Often physicians use an elimination diet to find if certain foods affect your overall health.
- No matter what your basic makeup, consuming higher amounts of grains, sugar and starches can lead to insulin resistance of varying levels. That ultimately can lead to diabetes and leptin resistance.
- Changing your diet to eliminate processed foods can be the first step to eating healthier.
- While lowering the amount of calories from carbohydrates to about 30 percent may sound difficult, consider how few calories fresh fruit and vegetables have. If you’re on a 1500 calorie diet, you can eat a lot before reaching 500 calories.