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Sunday, February 21, 2010

My yummy sugar coma

I'm not perfect, not even close. Every day (o.k., maybe not every day, but sometimes) I make choices to eat carbs that I shouldn't or have sugar instead of Stevia or eat corn in a taco salad or tortilla chips with dip. These things are not good for me at all, and I know this, and yet I eat it anyway. I really don't know why except maybe that it's a habit that I am working to break. (I even eat chocolate, that's my weakness.)

Needless to say, because I said it already, I'm not perfect and although I know all of this health information, and am learning new things every day, I still don't apply it to my life all the time. So, like I mentioned in previous posts, I am not trying to tell you (reader) how to run your life, but rather just let you know exactly what you are putting in your body. After all, your body is your sanctuary, you have to live with it all the time, so you might as well treat is with respect so you don't wake up in the morning with a headache because you drank/ate too much the night before and now your body is in a "food coma." Or, better labeled, a sugar coma.

Allow me to explain my sugar coma idea. I'm going to take you down memory lane for a moment, so come with me. Imagine that you are at Thanksgiving dinner in Texas. That might be hard for some of you since you might not have been to Texas, but no worries, I will describe the wonderful feast you are about to consume. There is Turkey (of course) maybe even venison, which is very tasty deer meat, corn bread, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn stuffing, green bean casserole, corn, and of course pumpkin pie with ice cream and whipped cream. Yum Yum

You eat this wonderful meal, consuming a scoop or piece of everything, because it smells sooo good, then you sleep for three hours and wake up right at the beginning of the Dallas Coyboys playing... well, it really doesn't matter because it's the Dallas Coyboys.

Why do you sleep for three hours after eating that food? Hmmm, people blame it on the turkey, but if you eat three pieces of turkey for a snack from the fridge it certainly doesn't have the same effect on you. So what is it?

I know the answer; I was just asking a question for dramatic effect.

Looking back at the ingredients of the dinner, excluding the meat, green beans and desert items, you are eating carbohydrates and starches. This is very important in that I did not mention corn as a vegetable, and that's because it isn't. Corn is a grain. This is the point where I would direct you to the video I posted on this blog, but I think the video is protected so I'm giving you the link. It's a video from the Discovery Channel on the making of corn. If you scroll all the way down to the bottom and move over the black screen it is a 3 minute video that's incredibly informative. Basically, the video talks about the fact that corn, as we know it today, is all carbohydrates and is a man made plant originated from a grass in Central Mexico. It is grown as any other grain and it can make bread, like any other grain. The yellow pieces of a corn are like the leaves of a barley stalk or a wheat stalk. Just because you take the leaves off of a barley stalk, cook it and call it a vegetable doesn't mean it is a vegetable. That's the same idea with corn.

In 2004 Kim Severson writes in that:

The process of pulling sugar from cornstarch wasn't perfected until the early 1970s, when Japanese researchers developed a reliable way to turn cornstarch into syrup sweet enough to compete with liquid sugar. After some tinkering, they landed on a formula that was 55 percent fructose and 45 percent glucose -- sweet enough and cheap enough to make most soda companies jump from liquid sugar to high fructose corn syrup by the 1980s.

This basically says that high fructose is directly from corn itself, leaving the idea that the sugar from corn (fructose) has the same affect on the body no matter which way it is consumed. The overall choices to eat a high starch and high carbohydrate diet, including corn, are not good for weight loss or even weight stabilization. The nap and the 7 pounds you gained from that Thanksgiving dinner have nothing to do with the turkey, rather with all of the starch and carbohydrates.

Next week I am excited to talk about this crazy thing called “ceriel rust” that grows on wheat stalks and what researchers are trying to do to prevent the halt of revenue for farmers in the United States.


  1. This was a very interesting post. I liked the way you used a vivid picture (the classic Texan Thanksgiving meal)and connected it to your main point--that starches and carbohydrates are common but destructive to our sugar levels. I am hypoglycemic, which is a condition in which my body relies on food to create blood sugar. I have learned the hard way on many occasions that not eating enough protein and vegetables can cause me to become extremely weak and sick. I think that people should be more informed about the foods they eat, because our bodies cannot function properly without proper nutrition.

  2. I, myself, do not eat healthy at all. I basically live on carbs. And I love chocolates too! I seriously snack on candy bars or other junk foods whenever I feel like it. If I don't have time, I just eat these kinds of foods just to fill my stomach a little. I know it's extremely unhealthy, but at least it keeps me going.

    I'm not really sure, but I think it depends on the person too. I don't know if a person's metabolism plays a part in this. It's just that I can't seem to have the energy that I need if I don't have the huge amount of carbohydrates and sugar that I usually consume. It doesn't really bother my sleeping habits too. It's either that, or I just don't notice it. Either way, I'm hoping that I would still be able to have a better diet, or at least lessen my carb and sugar intake because I'm pretty sure it would be detrimental to my health sooner or later.

  3. Not only did this blog make me hungry (great mental picture with the Texas Thanksgiving example), but also it taught me a few things I had never heard of before. Although I am not a healthy eater myself, I do enjoy learning about what is healthy for you and what is not because I know someday I will start to pay attention. It is interesting to me that everyone blames the turkey when in fact it is not just that.