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Friday, August 1, 2008

Insulin

Nothing is either all good or all bad. Salt, for instance, is necessary for life, but if you eat salt and nothing else, you'll die. The same holds true for the value of insulin. It serves a function in the body (removing glucose from the blood and making fat stick to our cells) but it also can be a bad thing if there's too much of it. If you have too much insulin you get fat. Also the fat is made to adhere to the inside walls of your arteries and heart so that you get clogged arteries, which leads to heart attack and stroke. So what can you do to reduce insulin in your body? The number one step you can take is to reduce the amount of carbohydrates you consume. People who stop consuming cake, bread, rice, pasta, candy, and soda have less insulin. The pounds will melt off you, even while you're enjoying all those delicious non-carbohydrate foods, like chicken, steak, eggs, milk, and cheese. And don't worry about getting clogged arteries from eating fat and fatty foods. It doesn't happen that way. Dietary intake of cholesterol does not lead to significantly increased serum cholesterol levels1 or, by inference, to the deposition of fat into arteries. Only sugar and carbohydrates do that. Sugar kills.
  1. “We found no evidence to support the hypothesis that reducing dietary cholesterol intake from the current level of 450 mg/d to < 300 mg/d will significantly reduce plasma cholesterol levels in the general population.” (P. 1736). D J McNamara, R Kolb, T S Parker, H Batwin, P Samuel, C D Brown, and E H Ahrens, Jr. 1987. Heterogeneity of cholesterol homeostasis in man. Response to changes in dietary fat quality and cholesterol quantity. J Clin Invest. June. 79(6): 1729–1739. doi: 10.1172/JCI113013.


1 comment:

Imelda said...

well, much of everything would pose danger, too.