Day 97 – ALL Carbs Convert to Sugar – May 2, 2016 – Ever since I wrote the three posts last week for The Schwarzbein Principle, these words have been ringing in my ears, “All carbs convert to sugar.” Like a song whose words or tune you can’t get out of your head, whenever I take a bite of anything that is a carbohydrate, the song starts to play again. While it is driving me crazy, it’s really not such a bad song. It reminds me to think about what I am eating.
But I ask myself, really? ALL carbs?
What about fruit? Yep. What about whole wheat bread or pasta? Yep. What about my bagel? Yep.
There are three types of carbohydrates with some being simple carbs and others complex carbs.
- Sugar – fruit, vegetables, honey and some plants
- Starch – found in bread, pasta, rice, couscous, potatoes, breakfast cereals, oats and other grains like rye and barley.
- Fiber – found in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables
Simple carbohydrates are broken down quickly by the body to be used as energy.
- Simple carbohydrates are found naturally in foods such as fruits, milk, and milk products.
- They are also found in processed and refined sugars such as candy, table sugar, syrups, and soft drinks.
Complex carbohydrates are made up of sugar molecules that are strung together in long, complex chains.
- Complex carbohydrates are found in foods such as peas, beans, whole grains, and vegetables.
Both simple and complex carbohydrates are turned to glucose (blood sugar) in the body and are used as energy.
Fiber is the only carbohydrate that does not convert to sugar. It is a non-digestible, complex carbohydrate and passes through our bodies undigested.
The challenge is that fiber is often combined with sugar and starch to make the food product more palatable. In effect the fiber-enhanced food product is processed as a carbohydrate and converts to sugar in your body when consumed. While fiber can slow down the digestion, it doesn’t eliminate the overall effect of any sugar or starch the food or food product contains.
I wrote a post on Day 77 called, Fiber is My Friend
I started Facing MY FAT by first cutting out candy, cake, cookies and such. And, I have done really well.
What I haven’t faced yet are the other carbs that I consume. The starchy carbs.
I still like my hash browns, a bagel, toast, english muffin, a bun, tortilla, potato chips. I do exercise portion control but it is still hard.
And, now that I am trying to cut out artificial sweeteners, some sugar has slipped back into my ice tea and I’ve been making homemade lemonade.
I also have turned to fruit and enjoy grapes, strawberries and bananas.
I would never cut out carbs completely. I am working on replacing the simple carbohydrates, the “junk” carbs that are found in candy, table sugar, syrups and soft drinks with healthier carbs such as fruit, vegetables, beans and whole grains.
Day 97 – ALL Carbs Convert to Sugar
My point about carbs is this. I am fully aware that when I consume more sugar than what my body can use for energy, the excess sugar gets converted to fat. Since I am trying to lose weight which involves losing my excess body fat, I need to be super aware and selective of the type and volume of carbohydrates that I consume.
Since all carbohydrates convert to sugar, including fiber foods that contain sugar or starch, this can be quite a challenge.
The worst culprit? Anything that combines refined sugar and white flour. This combination is known as the unhealthiest to consume and it is the most difficult for me to give up.
Tell that to Betty Crocker! I guess it’s time to sell off some of my cookbooks….
Facing MY FAT,
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