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May 16 2012

Carbohydrates: to Use or Abuse

Category:  Health

In a world plagued by food shortage that are reaching crisis level, carbohydrates are the easiest salvation and yet the greatest temptation to abuse. Ironically, the same is true in prosperous countries but for opposite reasons. Where food is desperately needed, vast portions of the ecosystem are obliterated to make way for a small handful of crops, particularly rice and wheat, that can provide abundant, cheap calories to a mass population. In well-fed societies where food can be channeled for diversion rather than raw fuel, refiners mangle natural carbohydrates to produce refined sugar and flour.


Visualization is courtesy of TheVisualMD.com


Either way, it has taken thousands of years to move from the first farmers, who paved the way for civilization by cultivating wild grains, to our present situation. Most of the world cannot survive without more grains and vegetables – our primary source of carbohydrates – while a small portion of the world faces an epidemic of obesity and diabetes linked to over consumption of sugar and fat. What will give us a balanced use of the body’s main source of energy without falling into gross misuse?


Since the reader is almost certain to belong to a prosperous society, balance begins with two steps: refusing to join the processed food glut and putting sugar and starch back in place where they naturally belong. The issue isn’t really how much fat, protein, and carbohydrate to ingest every day. It’s more important to stop abusing your body’s great gift of adaptability. Because human beings can adapt to almost any diet, you are in a situation no other living creature faces: our minds rule our diet.

Some people are naturally sensitive to bodily sensations. When they say, “My body is telling me” or “I need to eat such-and-such,” there’s a real basis for the statement. The rest of us, the vast majority, eat out of our heads. We are susceptible to advertising, suggestive selling in restaurants (“anybody save room for our delicious chocolate cheesecake?”) diet fads, diet scares, and endless “breakthroughs” over how to lose those extra pounds. In the massive food industry, the cheapest calories for sale are processed sugar, which leads to the disturbing fact that the average American consumes 156 pounds of added sugar per year. “Added” is the word that should shock you. As people consume 31 five-pound bags of processed sugar a year, much of it in processed corn syrup and white cane sugar, even more comes to them in fruits and vegetables.

Scare tactics haven’t altered this picture, which has been the same for decades. A recent study showed that adult males who regularly consume sodas are 20% more likely to suffer a heart attack. That seems like a strange finding, since a typical can of pop, although it contains from 12 to 18 teaspoons of sugar, is still free of fat, the molecule that eventually can clog coronary arties. But soda is most often met in fast-food chains combined with high-fat burgers and fries. Lured by the three addictive tastes of sweet, sour, and salty, we think we are making choices with our minds when in fact the persistent message from our taste buds – along with mass media – have made the American diet mindless for millions of people.

Your goal should be to bring your mind back in control of your diet. This step is more important than any fad or crusade. Forget food groups and remember yourself. You are here to satisfy your desire for a better life, and that means reaching in a state of well-being. As with protein and fat, carbohydrates fall in line with well-being if you ask a few basic questions:

• How much junk food am I eating for junk satisfaction?
• What does it take to stop taste addiction?
• Which foods make me feel good for the rest of my day?
• What’s the best way to meet my emotional needs?

The glut of sugar we consume is tied to how you answer these questions, because sugar can be abused so easily that it leads to junk satisfaction (a brief sugar high), taste addiction (craving sugary foods even when you are not hungry), broken connection to bodily signals (not knowing when your stomach is empty or full), and reaching for emotional surrogates (eating in order not to feel bad). None of this abuse is part of sugar itself. None of it relates to what your body actually needs as fuel. The best nutrition a=advice in the world is pointless until your relationship to food has been straightened out.

That’s a major process that reaches far beyond three meals a day. Carbs are only a sliver of the solutions, but since they play a big role in the problem, let’s arm ourselves with some basic knowledge.


To your body, carbohydrates are the most readily digested fuel. They are converted into energy, which everyone needs not only for physical activity but for basic metabolic functions. Every cell needs fats and proteins as well, but carbs provide quick, easily accessible fuel. Once metabolized by enzymes in the digestive system, most carbohydrates break down into simple sugars, which permeate the intestinal wall and then course through the bloodstream to deliver a caloric payload to your cells.

There are three main categories of carbohydrates:

• Simple sugars (simple carbohydrates), such as those responsible for the sweetness in fruit (fructose) and table sugar (sucrose).
• Starch, the most common complex carbohydrate in our diet
• Fiber, another complex carbohydrate. Fiber can’t be broken down and passes through the system essentially undigested.

Most people naturally associate sugar and sweetness. But in scientific terms, sugars are not identified by flavor but by their chemical makeup. All sugars are based on a simple union of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen molecules (C, H, and O). The sweetness of sugars will vary depending on how many molecules each of C, H, and O are in the sugar’s chemical formula.

Carbs have long been neatly grouped into two categories that also make diet choice more clear cut: simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates. You’ve heard many times that we should be eating complex carbohydrates and shunning simple carbohydrates. It would be convenient if one group represents “good” carbs and the other “bad” carbs. However, the health implications are not quite so neat and tidy.

Simple carbohydrates are so named because they are built on just one or two molecules. The structure of other sugars is termed “complex” because they have a molecular structure that is constructed of two or more joined molecules. (There are more complicated ways that sugars combine in nature, but we don’t need to go into those.) In this case, simple doesn’t equate with bad. Only the smallest molecules of sugar can pass through the intestinal walls and into the bloodstream. That’s why foods ingested as simple carbohydrates (single- and double-molecule sugars) can be used immediately. Complex carbohydrates (three or more molecules) require more time and action to break down and be absorbed.

Some simple sugars occur naturally in vegetables, milk, honey, and other unprocessed foods. Synthetic sweeteners such as corn syrup and high fructose are simple sugars as well. The problem with all of them arises because simple carbs cause a rapid rise and fall in glucose, or blood sugar, leaving you feeling hungry faster. Like pieces of wood going into a chipper, simple carbs resemble narrow branches and leaves that are quickly shredded. Complex or “long chain” carbs are bigger pieces, like thick branches and tree trunks that have to be fed slowly through the chipper to be broken down. Due to their bulkier, compound structure, complex carbs remain in the system for a longer time, providing slow-burning energy and longer durations of satiety, or feeling full. (Athletes who “carb up” begin the night before, taking advantage of the body’s ability to use long-term fuel sources.)

The threshold for a normal fasting glucose level in healthy people is 99 mg/dL; that is, 99 milligrams of glucose per 1/10th liter of blood. Lower than normal levels are characterized as hypoglycemia, indicating around 70 mg/dL and lower. This condition can be traced to three causes. The body may be using up the available blood sugar, or the glucose ingested may be released into the bloodstream too slowly. It’s also possible that too much insulin is being released.

Higher than normal levels of blood sugar are an indication of the opposite state, hyperglycemia. It exists as a threshold condition known as prediabetes (between 100 and 125 mg/dL) and further on clinical diabetes (126 mg/dL and higher). Elevated blood sugar is caused either by too little insulin being released by the pancreas or the body’s inability to use insulin properly. After you eat and sugars pass from the small intestine into the bloodstream, the pancreas detects this increase in blood sugar and secretes insulin in response. Most cells of the body have insulin receptors, which bind to the insulin molecule. The cell can then turn on other receptors that absorb glucose through the cell wall. Once absorbed, glucose may be used for energy or stored for the future.

The glycemic index (GI) ranks hundreds of foods on a scale of 0-100 according to their impact on blood sugar. The GI indicates how intensely and rapidly a food will influence glucose and insulin levels.

Glucose, being the sugar that cells can immediately use as food, is the GI’s measuring stick and tops the index at a rating of 100. Foods in the lower range, which include many complex carbohydrates, are absorbed into the blood slowly. With a gradual and prolonged effect on blood sugar and insulin, low GI foods have a proven health benefit. The conviction of GI proponents—which include the World Health Organization, the National Institutes of Health, the Harvard School of Public Health, and others—is that diet should be based on low GI foods to prevent and even treat diseases that are in epidemic proportions in the Western world; namely, diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease.

Instead of fretting over recommended allowances and food pyramids, it’s simpler to eat within a “calorie budget.” As your basic expenditure, you need to cover the essentials—vegetables and fruits, and possibly whole grains and dairy products—before the budget can afford to spend calories on foods that offer minimal nutritive value. Luxury isn’t bad – every life should have a sense of abundance – but wasteful spending is different. You don’t have to forbid yourself a treat here and there, but consider how it fits into your dietary budget.

Yet every road leads back to holistic well-being. You can eat too much and harm your body. You can eat the wrong foods for what your cells actually need. You can eat all the “right’ foods but neglect to exercise, and exercise fanatics can forget to be relaxed and content simply with being. As nutrition becomes more scientific, it becomes more reductionist. Remember that no one ever became healthy by memorizing calorie charts and the government’s RDA of vitamins.

Millions of Americans make the numbers their enemy, as we are inundated with data. The scariest and probably the most useless data concerns food and dieting. Facts won’t make you achieve the ideal figure, a healthy heart, or freedom from aging and disease. Life isn’t a puzzle with many pieces that need to fit where they belong. Life is an unfolding process, and it’s your choice to make that process into one of continuous evolution.

Top comments

  • This is an absolutely remarkable article on carbs, to consume or not to consume. Thank you so very much for posting it with such extreme detail. I did read/listen on Dr. Andrew Weil`s FB post something about that the new crop of wheat(seeds) or the way wheat is processed in this day and age might contain gluten that is not consumable or causes inflammation(this goes to Dr. Mark Hyman`s point of trying to eat gluten free foods or atleast determine the gluten irritation/inflammation issue) . Dr. Andrew Weil did refer that he used to make gluten at home in the 90`s why is it different now?. I have given up gluten or take a minimal amount of gluten(try the gluten free option 99.99 percent of the time) and have seen a considerable increase in my energy throughout the day sustained energy so there is something to the gluten story. I would implore that people do need to pay attention to the "no white flour" "no white sugar" theory. I have also given up milk/milk products back to the 99.999 percent on that, there is something about the source of cheese and milk that it seems like the amount of hormones that are injected into cows/animals that produce the milk affects us. I also have heard Thich Naht Hanh make a reference to it not being sustainable renewable resource(milk, kind of seems like an unnatural process from an animal) so seem to be ok with giving it up all the more a great believer of renewable/sustainable sources. The more I follow everyone that is saying anything about food sources and health and well-being seems to be revolving around the theme of if it is manufactured in a factory by a human being don`t consume it. So instead of gatorade/powerade drink coconut water, instead of soda drink water or fruit juices, instead of boxed frozen food cook your own meals from fresh produce, clean and green. Being vegetarian my meal mostly consists of carbs(lots of fresh raw fruits and vegetables) so "Two thumbs up for carbs!" else I would have nothing to eat. I don`t think weight gain has anything to do with carbs, I did drink(am intoxicated with) the it is a mind/body/soul kool aid so do work on all aspects of it including the meditation downloads from the Chopra Center so do firmly believe and agree that it is an all round connection, mind/body/soul. Thank you so very much for this enormously informational article. I hope the additional info helps too.

    Poonam Dronamraju // 2012-05-12 23:56:27 // //
  • My carb intake is now well below 100 grams per day and I feel fantastic. My body fat percentage is down from 36.1 to 27.1 and I only work out three days a week for 20-30 minutes per. Much easier than expected after a few weeks but the first two weeks were a little daunting. Mindful eating is key. Always start any endeavor to change with firming up your belief in how good life actually is regardless of any life situations that are in place around you. They are just situations and they are separate from your life. Your life is it`s own entity. Do not confuse the two. Defining this separation is the key to happiness in this world. Once you are empowered with this new sense of separation from life situations you will quickly realize that changes are easier to implement across the board. Try it out, you will see what I mean. Great article! Life is good!

    rsktkr // 2012-05-12 16:25:12 // //

 

 

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    dick sucker // 2013-09-03 18:17:44 // //
  • Wonderful article Dr. Chopra.

    yogagirl06 // 2012-06-06 09:15:17 // //
  • This is a great article and the subject is expanded in Dr John Briffa`s book which is called waist disposal.

    Amit Karia // 2012-06-03 04:42:42 // //
  • i found this to educational and enlightening. I am 46-no i am 47 and don`t excercise regularly. I don`t eat well enough. After reading this article, I am going to do one thing different this week. I am goint to do some sit-ups and push-ups.

    smlnew // 2012-05-21 18:17:17 // //
  • Search for Dr Robert Lustig at youtube. He is on an interresting track to knew knowledge about carbs

    Concerning carbs // 2012-05-21 17:29:56 // //
  • I`ve just read this article and it sounds quite interesting> I have to watch my diet closely because I can put on fat quite quickly. One thing I`ve found as an absolute fact is that mindfulness is the key to all aspects of life and I know that being mindful of one`s food intake is crucial. Thanks for the information. Hopefully I can return to it and give it a more in depth study.

    Delroy Washington // 2012-05-19 19:29:50 // //
  • A greta book Healt and Body & soul to be happyiess "love Ur Body" http://www.amazon.com/Love-Your-Body-Louise-Hay/dp/1561706027/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337468273&sr=8-1

    valentine // 2012-05-19 19:07:43 // //
  • Eating real close to raw veggies and fruits intermingled with a small portion of carbs is the best.

    Stephen McKenzie // 2012-05-16 23:40:47 // //
  • Eat pussy and drink 70s Bordeaux Red Wine. So many minerals, amino acids, vitamins, and all the -phens you can think of. Jesus is not a moron. It made it all available within ourselves. So add bread. BlessU.

    Franck Rivaleau // 2012-05-16 17:44:28 // //
  • Stop right there !

    Tracy McGinty // 2012-05-16 16:30:37 // //
  • Just eat Xocai healthy dark chocolate!

    Traci Courson // 2012-05-16 16:05:39 // //
  • I really enjoyed ageless body, timeless mind, for me what works is not eating all foods that turn in to sugar, so I keep fish, chicken, and one day a week beef. I no longer need meds, for high blood pressure and borderline diabetic! Learning to eat wisely was hard . But I did it!

    Emilio Ortiz // 2012-05-16 14:27:38 // //
  • This is a fabulous article. How true that we are using our resources in this country for empty calories, and isn`t that what we are doing in many ways- we aren`t nourishing ourselves- like school cafeterias, convenience stores, and the aisle at the grocery store that are filled with all the sugar and salt and fats and we seem to be inundated with these kinds of convenience foods. What are we eating? and how is it making us feel?

    La Via Sana // 2012-05-16 14:20:14 // //
  • Yes, because you get full before you overeat them...

    Eva Kariko // 2012-05-16 14:04:33 // //
  • Nice piece Despair.

    Brian J. Swanson // 2012-05-16 14:01:56 // //
  • i read one of your books a decade ago. It was fun.

    Henard Donteno Williams // 2012-05-16 13:51:39 // //
  • EXCELLENT article! I was a sugar addict...until I, TOO, developed reactive hypoglycemia/pre-diabetes about 10yrs ago. Now I`m healthier than ever! Fortunately, I was raised to appreciate and eat fresh foods.

    Mary H. Cummings // 2012-05-16 13:47:37 // //
  • Calle cos fat ppl eating way to much carbs, that`s why they are fat cos carbs are stored as fat, ppl if you don`t know what too much carbs does to ur body and organism then check it before commenting.

    כאַנאַ אָגראָדני // 2012-05-16 13:34:45 // //
  • ...carbohydrates are simply fuel, glycemic index refers to volatility and response of many other bio-systems, in a complex cascade of events... simply, use carbohydrates as fuel for activity and relate the glycemic index to the intensity of the activity. Also note, the brain functions on Glucose... a sugar. The goal is to match caloric source with time/activity dynamic. My opinion, anyway.

    Steve Chaszar // 2012-05-16 13:27:22 // //
  • The link doesn`t work for me, either.

    Deb Giampoli // 2012-05-16 13:26:40 // //
  • I have adrenal gland problems and eating a low carb diet has saved my life!!! <3

    Alice Boyette // 2012-05-16 13:26:34 // //
  • SO, you think Arkis diet is good?

    Victoria Volkis // 2012-05-16 13:25:05 // //
  • Totally depends on what you`re talking about. You can`t make a blanket statement and have it be applied to ALL Carbohydrates! Not all carbs are created equal. A fruit from mother earth is a carbohydrate but so is refined pasta...we need to be more specific in todays modern and confusing food environment...

    Sacred Source Nutrition // 2012-05-16 13:23:43 // //
  • The 30 banana a day thing?

    Wouter du Bois // 2012-05-16 13:22:55 // //
  • One can wonder why you chose a fat man to illustrate the issue - not a more neutral person.

    Calle Falkebo // 2012-05-16 13:21:23 // //
  • I cant get the link to work?

    Sandra Bentz // 2012-05-16 13:18:37 // //
  • There`s carbohydrate in fruits and vegetables. I think it is the super-refined foods made from grain and cereal that are the killer. Not only refined, but with all kinds of other added nasties.

    Gearoid Walsh // 2012-05-16 13:16:18 // //
  • I am on the opposite side of the fence - The Starch Solution all the way! http://www.drmcdougall.com

    Lynn Fehlberg Safford // 2012-05-16 13:10:40 // //
  • Any type of food can be abused it`s funny though you never hear of people overeating fruit or vegs!!!

    Vanessa Dyck Nguyen Waddell // 2012-05-16 13:09:57 // //
  • Deepak books are beyond this world, to amazing reading one of them now ---? Ageless Body, Timeless Mind --?

    Steve Gondola // 2012-05-16 13:09:39 // //
  • Excellent read!

    Elizabeth Escobar-Wilson // 2012-05-16 13:09:09 // //
  • ps, being carb free doesnt magically make you thin

    Lynn Brown // 2012-05-16 13:06:11 // //
  • I`m Carb free and much happier.

    Lynn Brown // 2012-05-16 13:04:20 // //
  • explained in a very simple way.One can adjust own this line.

    T.M.Shah // 2012-05-16 09:15:32 // //
  • I am soo ready for a low carb diet to start with, but am finding it quite hard to fit my gugerati vegetarian diet into it. With rotli`s and dokra etc. Know where I can get help?

    Sharita // 2012-05-16 03:17:57 // //
  • An VERY interesting thing happened to me with carbs that I am sure most doctors, scientists aren`t aware of. I went on a strict 6 months NO carb diet. Not one carb during the time. I used to sniff chocolate bars during this time for enjoyment and made my daughters laugh!!! One night I decided to stop abruptly and had a piece of cake and some ice cream. My whole life I have had a kind of addictive personality but had quit smoking and drinking long before this episode. The result, I got high as a kite, probably same a drinking 3 or 4 beers, and I went into "escalator up" mode, that is I wanted to get higher, I desperately wanted real alcohol and cigarettes, just like the old days when I used to take it too far. All this just from carbs. ( I didn`t take any, or for that matter, any more carbs, but I did have a sugar hangover the next day, just like too much alcohol. ) So they have a powerful addictive force on your brain. You don`t really feel it unless you quit them for a long time and start up again. Careful out there!!! Bob

    Bob Cecil // 2012-05-15 23:19:52 // //
  • "Health and>" http://www.amazon.com/Love-Your-Body-Louise-Hay/dp/1561706027

    valentine // 2012-05-15 23:17:33 // //
  • I re-read a portion of the book Spiritual Solutions by Dr. Deepak Chopra yesterday and found a piece that is applicable to this part, was reminded of the other post on mindfulness during the process of eating, here is the quote from the book "Everything depends on how you view your desires. If you see them as selfish, wrong, or sinful, then its only natural that God would disapprove too". I see a lot of people send quite a negative message while eating, like "from the lips to the hips", or "this is sinfully decadent" or just eat without any mind or attention to the food. If we would just change that inner dialogue to a more positive message, "This cupcake is full of nourishing butter" I think that would help immensely too. That is why I find raw fruits and veggies such a positive eating habit because it is "guiltless" foods, you can eat as much as you want of it throughout the day and not worry about the messaging, you always know in your inner being that it is totally nourishing to the body. That is what I do with Avocado, a lot of people avoid it because of calories when I eat it I think "This is absolutely wonderful for my skin and hair" and no guilt whatsoever. Mindfulness during eating does matter, and the getting to the bottom of the chip bag or finishing off that bag of oreos is a huge big sign of mindless eating. I also totally loved the Chopra Center meditation by Sheila Patel on "Tapping into the Energy of Food", after that meditation I find all my fruits and veggies having more vibrant color and decadent in taste. Absolutely and totally agree with the other post on mindfulness during eating. Thank you so much for bringing such a controversial issue to the limelight.

    Poonam Dronamraju // 2012-05-14 11:51:59 // //
  • I`ve been vegetarian for 8 years and FEEL GREAT! I ran a half marathon last year, and in the early years of my lifestyle change (i.e., 6-7 years ago) I increased my workouts, of course ate bettter, and feel truly on top of the world. I encourage anyone to get BOCA, Morningstar Farms, until they can kick the meat habit--what causes are major diseases today, from heart disease, to diabetes, etc.

    vegfood // 2012-05-13 20:38:46 // //
  • This is an absolutely remarkable article on carbs, to consume or not to consume. Thank you so very much for posting it with such extreme detail. I did read/listen on Dr. Andrew Weil`s FB post something about that the new crop of wheat(seeds) or the way wheat is processed in this day and age might contain gluten that is not consumable or causes inflammation(this goes to Dr. Mark Hyman`s point of trying to eat gluten free foods or atleast determine the gluten irritation/inflammation issue) . Dr. Andrew Weil did refer that he used to make gluten at home in the 90`s why is it different now?. I have given up gluten or take a minimal amount of gluten(try the gluten free option 99.99 percent of the time) and have seen a considerable increase in my energy throughout the day sustained energy so there is something to the gluten story. I would implore that people do need to pay attention to the "no white flour" "no white sugar" theory. I have also given up milk/milk products back to the 99.999 percent on that, there is something about the source of cheese and milk that it seems like the amount of hormones that are injected into cows/animals that produce the milk affects us. I also have heard Thich Naht Hanh make a reference to it not being sustainable renewable resource(milk, kind of seems like an unnatural process from an animal) so seem to be ok with giving it up all the more a great believer of renewable/sustainable sources. The more I follow everyone that is saying anything about food sources and health and well-being seems to be revolving around the theme of if it is manufactured in a factory by a human being don`t consume it. So instead of gatorade/powerade drink coconut water, instead of soda drink water or fruit juices, instead of boxed frozen food cook your own meals from fresh produce, clean and green. Being vegetarian my meal mostly consists of carbs(lots of fresh raw fruits and vegetables) so "Two thumbs up for carbs!" else I would have nothing to eat. I don`t think weight gain has anything to do with carbs, I did drink(am intoxicated with) the it is a mind/body/soul kool aid so do work on all aspects of it including the meditation downloads from the Chopra Center so do firmly believe and agree that it is an all round connection, mind/body/soul. Thank you so very much for this enormously informational article. I hope the additional info helps too.

    Poonam Dronamraju // 2012-05-12 23:56:27 // //
  • Dude, you`ve gone so commercial ... your loosing my interest

    Dennis Panczenko // 2012-05-12 22:53:19 // //
  • The best explanation of a health diet and carbs I have ever come across. simple informative explanatory and all around brilliant.. Who needs a nutrition class with an explanation like this..

    Mariya Meskienyar // 2012-05-12 22:29:52 // //
  • carbs can be your friend when used wisely :)

    Andrea DeCosta // 2012-05-12 22:03:53 // //
  • My carb intake is now well below 100 grams per day and I feel fantastic. My body fat percentage is down from 36.1 to 27.1 and I only work out three days a week for 20-30 minutes per. Much easier than expected after a few weeks but the first two weeks were a little daunting. Mindful eating is key. Always start any endeavor to change with firming up your belief in how good life actually is regardless of any life situations that are in place around you. They are just situations and they are separate from your life. Your life is it`s own entity. Do not confuse the two. Defining this separation is the key to happiness in this world. Once you are empowered with this new sense of separation from life situations you will quickly realize that changes are easier to implement across the board. Try it out, you will see what I mean. Great article! Life is good!

    rsktkr // 2012-05-12 16:25:12 // //