You recognise when you feel hungry – I know I do because my stomach tells me and my brain recognises the signals. Time for a feed, so into the mouth and over the tongue, look out stomach here it comes!
I could do a biology lesson here, but let’s skip the how it happens and acknowledge that the food is converted in a useable form which makes it into the bloodstream and becomes available for the cells to take in and thrive. Any unused food is expelled at the other end of the alimentary canal!
In today’s society, because we have been misled and coerced into eating low fat and high carbohydrate foods (see Rants number 1,2,3&4) it is fair to say we take in a huge amount (in comparison) of carbohydrates at every meal and snack. This is where you need to concentrate on what happens next.
All carbohydrates form glucose when digested. NOT just some – ALL. Glucose is transported around the body via blood and taken into cells to be converted into energy.
The pancreas gland in your abdomen secretes the hormone insulin, which controls the uptake of glucose by your cells. Imagine if you will the glucose being piggybacked by the insulin – a peak hour commuter vehicle. The insulin is the key which opens the lock on the cell to allow the glucose fuel in.
Your cells only take in so much glucose, and if you have any excess, this is converted into glycogen – which is stored in the liver or in fat around the body. (source)
That all sounds so simple – and to begin with it is! But how long before this all starts to go wrong? How long before the cells say ‘enough is enough’…. We’re NOT Gonna Take it anymore! Technically this is known by the name ‘Insulin Resistance’ or Pre Diabetes and you can be living with this condition for many years and not have any overt symptoms – all the while continuous damage is happening to every organ system and cell in your body including your ***vascular system. Top that off with what shows externally as getting fatter – obesity!
The more carbohydrate you consume, the more glucose is released into the bloodstream, the more insulin the pancreas releases to take the glucose into the cells – and after a while both the cells and the pancreas object to the onslaught! All things in moderation seems to be the catch call here, and when it comes to insulin this is most appropriate! The pancreas’ Beta Cells (please note this discussion is only about type 2 Diabetes) seem to dislike being continually bathed in glucose.
This sugar bath makes them ill, less functional and can in effect – eventually kill them off while effectively doing serious damage to your internal workings!
Now here is a big well kept secret… Insulin is really a fat storage hormone. So if you have an excess of glucose/sugar requiring an excess of insulin – you will end up with excess fat storage. This short 7 minute video presentation explains this quite well with very few technical terms used.
What we know is that carbohydrates of all forms are converted into glucose which is the main source of food energy/fuel for the cells in your body.
We also know that insulin is required to transport that glucose into the cells when they require nourishing and refuelling.
Do not be misled into believing that there are bad carbs and good carbs, worse ones and better ones, because when it all boils down – all carbs do convert to glucose in the human body and all glucose requires insulin to take it to the cells and the liver!
What a body (you and I) needs to be aiming for is the least possible rise in insulin requirement… that means less glucose needing transportation, that means less carbohydrate metabolism – EAT LESS CARBS!
When you eat food – typically carbs are digested most rapidly, followed by proteins and finally fats. These are the foods, the nutrients and the energy sources our body requires. (A tad of biology here – it is necessary! so sorry)
Carbohydrate is the major source of energy for the body. This is because, of all nutrients, it converts most readily to glucose which is the body’s preferred fuel. When we eat carbohydrate, it is converted to glucose in the digestive tract and distributed via the liver to cells throughout the body for use as energy. Once our immediate energy needs are satisfied, the remaining carb glucose is handled in one of two ways. Either it is converted to liquid glycogen (a temporary source of readily available energy) and stored in the liver or muscles. Or, it is converted into fatty acids by the liver and stored in adipose cells (fat-cells) around the body.
Once glucose is inside the liver, glucose is phosphorylated into glucose-6-phosphate, or G6P. G6P is further metabolized into triglycerides, fatty acids, glycogen or energy. Glycogen is the form in which the body stores glucose. The liver can only store about 100 g of glucose in the form of glycogen. The muscles also store glycogen. Muscles can store approximately 500 g of glycogen. Because of the limited storage areas, any carbohydrates that are consumed beyond the storage capacity are converted to and stored as fat. There is practically no limit on how many calories the body can store as fat. (from)
So you see there are quite a number of things we need to be aware of and things we can do to prevent serious damage to our cells – and all this by simply limiting our carbohydrate intake.
HOWEVER – as we have learnt during the previous rants, for some inexplicable reason, instead of working toward getting us to consume less and less carbohydrates to minimize the sickening effects of too much glucose and insulin in our bodies – world governments and health authorities have been doing the exact opposite! And then they have the nerve to go on the rampage screaming insults at us because of the obesity epidemic and the epidemic of other glucose metabolism diseases such as heart disease, vascular disease and cellular breakdown disorders.
Sugar – carbohydrates – glucose – whatever you choose to call the substance which is doing the damage has been sanctified by the industries who make the profits off it. They call it a harmless substance.
Zoe Harcombe says SUGAR is empty calories as it contains no nutritive value what so ever. No minerals, no vitamins, no nourishment really for man or beast! (please remember that sugar is only one type of carbohydrate and all carbohydrates convert into glucose)
The obesity epidemic will never be solved until we openly admit that we have made a huge mistake in nutritional advice as a consequence of the widely disseminated message to reduce dietary fat and cholesterol. Until we own up to the fact that cholesterol and fat are not the problem, our population will simply grow fatter and fatter.
A minority opinion that is rapidly gaining momentum is that the problem is too many empty carbohydrates, especially sugars, and, most especially, high fructose corn syrup. Dr. Robert H. Lustig, a U.C. San Francisco Professor of Pediatrics, recently produced a YouTube video, “Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” which tells the story very clearly, and his recent appearance on the popular 60 Minutes Show, broadcast by CBS, attests to the growing awareness that his message is valid. He tells essentially the same story that we argued for in a recent paper, “Is the metabolic syndrome caused by a high fructose, and relatively low fat, low cholesterol diet?” that was published in the Archives of Medical Science in 2011. The science behind the problem is clear to experts in metabolism, and, ironically, the core problem is a severe deficiency in cholesterol in the membranes of all the cells of the body.
For Your Information Sugary Drinks and Diabetes
*** Vascular System and Diabetes ” Elevated blood glucose has a damaging impact on endothelial cells, the thin layer of cells that line the interior surface of blood vessels and form the interface – the endothelium – between circulating blood and the rest of the vessel wall. Endothelial cells line the entire human circulatory system, from the heart to the smallest blood vessel.”
Next RANT will cover cellular nutrition and wrap up this series.
Preceding RANTS on this topic:
- RANT – The cellular Season – part four
- RANT – The Cellular Season – part three
- RANT – The Cellular Season – part two
- RANT – The Cellular Season – part one
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