Summer is the season for baseball games, county fairs and tempting foods. Hot dogs, cotton candy, pork rinds, sausages, fried dough…it may be OK to yield to these energy-rich, nutrient-poor treats on occasion. But, in this issue of the Health Journal, we examine how they can wreak havoc on our bodies if consumed too often.
The food pyramid has recently been rearranged to promote more whole grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes, and fewer simple carbohydrates (so-called bad). The major emphasis is to stay away from those simple carbohydrates with a high glycemic index (foods made from refined flour and sugar, and which the body readily converts to simple sugars). Simple carbohydrates have been shown to produce a sharp elevation in blood-glucose levels, which promotes disease. Why the sudden change away from these carbs?