Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Let's Live Longer!

What is this I hear about cutting out carbs to lose weight?!?   In this month's Health magazine, there is an article on page 14 about the secret to living longer.  What’s the secret they say?  Eat more fiber!  "People who load up on it seem to have a lower risk of dying early from any cause."  Fiber includes wholes grains, fruits and veggies.  But extra servings of whole grains has the biggest affect on longevity.  Here's what whole grains can do for you today: 

*protect you from heart disease and lower your cholesterol level
*ward off certain cancers
*reduce your risk of diabetes
*promote digestive health
*keep weight off (you heard me!)

I’m sorry, aren’t all carbohydrates fattening?  Don’t they raise blood sugar and insulin levels and make our bodies store fat? Well, that depends on what type of carbohydrate we are talking about. Both whole grains and refined grains are high in carbohydrates, but their effects on the blood sugar differ.  Refined grains (white flour, white rice) quickly raise blood sugar, leaving us feeling drained and hungry; while the fiber in whole grains helps slow down this rise, leaving us feeling full so we are less likely to pig out.

What kind of whole grains will help you live longer?  I’m so glad you asked:
*cracked wheat (including kamut and spelt, cousins of wheat)
*brown rice
*corn (including whole cornmeal and popcorn)
*steel-cut and rolled oats
*whole rye
*quinoa (technically not a grain, but has the same composition and gluten-free)

C'mon peeps, get with the program.   It's the insides of our bodies we need to worry about because we can't see those parts. **Make sure you are eating tons-o-fiber, and extra whole grains. 

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