Carbohydrates – LEAFY GREEN PLANTS?

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What Are Carbohydrates?

All leafy green plants form carbohydrates from water, sunlight and carbon dioxide in a process called photosynthesis. (Remember from high school?)

Unrefined sugar and unrefined carbohydrates are the energy foods and are linked to vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fats, proteins and fiber.

The B vitamins are necessary to break down carbohydrates, but the B vitamins and most other nutrients are removed during the refining process. When we consume refined carbohydrates and sugars they rush into the body causing a rise in the blood sugar. You have a sudden burst of energy.

Since our body prefers to keep the blood sugar level on an even keel, insulin is produced and removes the sugar. The sudden burst of energy is gone.

Carbohydrates in the Diet

Eating very little or no sugar and limited amounts of refined starches would be best for every ones body. You can’t live without?  There were no such “foods” until the 1600s.  Consuming the quantity of refined carbohydrates and sugar we do now has only occurred in the past 60 to 8o years. It takes a much longer period of time for the body to adapt.  (More like thousands of years)

In the 1800s we consumed maybe 10 lbs of sugar per year or just over 1 teaspoon per day. Now we consume at least over 200 lbs per person per year. That is more than 1/2 cup per day or 24 teaspoons per day. A lot of that sugar is found in prepared foods and drinks.

Many doctors think there is a correlation between the increase in sugar consumption  and the increase of many illnesses like ADHD, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, tooth decay, gastric acidity, rise in cholesterol and a rise in triglycerides, sticky blood  platelets and adrenal enlargement.

Natural Carbohydrates

Ripe fruits and vegetables are sweet and the nutrients are at their highest level. The difference is, if you eat them when they are ripe they also have fiber, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and enzymes to slow down and help with the absorption of the nutrients. The nutrients are in a ratio and form that our body knows how to use.

Even the whole food that sugar is made from, (sugar cane, sugar beet and corn),  has the nutrients to regulate the sugar absorption. When they are refined and just the sugar is left it is very upsetting to the human body – even though it tastes good. However, it is still not natural carbohydrates which the body does require.

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