Re: Good Carbs/Bad Carbs
I tend to NOT use the glycemic index (GI). And there are carbs that are more nutritious and some that are not as nutritious.
For one, every person responds differently to food - we are like snowflakes - you will process a slice of bread differently than I will based on our individual metabolic structure. The physical activity we conduct before/after eating a food also effects the degree to which our blood sugar is raised. Therefore, to state that a particular food has a specific GI and this is the standard just does not make scientific sense.
Secondly, how often does one sit down to just one type of food, of a certain serving, and eat only that type of food? Who has just a bun or plain cereal or slice of bread? We sit down to hamburgers, cereal with milk, and bread with butter (or pizza, or a meat sandwich, etc). Thus, the protein, fat, and fiber contents of food also affect the rate at which a food is absorbed into the bloodstream.
In terms of carbohydrates, whole grains are so salubrious and will always be better for your health. That means 100% WHOLE GRAIN waffles, bread, cereals, crackers, brown rice, tortillas, english muffins, etc. Also, vegetables and fruits are very good for a balanced diet. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, and popcorn are natural whole grains are should be enjoyed too.
In terms of foods that are high in refined carbs, not very nutritious, and usually high in calories and fat, this would be the candy, cookies, cakes, sodas, and snack foods. These treats should be enjoyed sparingly and in moderation. Hope this helps!
Last edited by runnergirl; 03-24-2005 at 03:22 PM.