Eating carbohydrates is an art – Health

Maybe you’re not eating too much sugar or starchy products, but you’re simply eating them wrong. Biochemist Jessie Inchauspé explains how to put pasta and sweets on the menu without the disadvantages.

In trendy diets, sugars and by extension carbohydrates are top of the line. You should delete them, or avoid them as much as possible, because they make you fat and they damage your body prematurely, it is said. Unfounded criticism, say nutritionists who warn against unbalanced and unhealthy diets. Because glucose – a monosaccharide that we get from sugar or is the result of breaking down starch – is precisely your body’s primary fuel. Banning glucose (almost) completely is therefore a very bad idea.

In trendy diets, sugars and by extension carbohydrates are top of the line. You should delete them, or avoid them as much as possible, because they make you fat and they damage your body prematurely, it is said. Unfounded criticism, say nutritionists who warn against unbalanced and unhealthy diets. Because glucose – a monosaccharide that we get from sugar or is the result of breaking down starch – is precisely your body’s primary fuel. Banning glucose (almost) completely is therefore a very bad idea. A statement that Jessie Inchauspé, a biochemist specializing in nutrition, fully supports in her bestseller Glucose Revolution. “Your cells need glucose,” she confirms. “Your body is only made to get glucose from fruits and vegetables. But over the centuries, people have begun to select the plants that contain the most carbohydrates, then extract sugar from them and prepare refined products with them.” And this is exactly where the problem comes in, according to Jessie Inchauspé: modern meals ensure that glucose enters your blood too quickly and massively, resulting in a sudden and sharp increase in your blood sugar level. And such spikes in blood sugar promote inflammatory processes and the aging of the body. According to the biochemist, who backs up his claims with numerous scientific studies, excessive blood sugar increases cause or worsen a lot of discomfort, health problems and common diseases: chronic fatigue, sudden urges at the strangest moments, migraines … and in long-term skin disorders, premature aging, depression, increased risk of heart disease, cancer and dementia. A huge public health problem, as 90% of Americans – the junk food champions – currently suffer from excessive spikes in blood sugar. “Glucose and us, it’s a bit like water and plants: without water a plant cannot survive, but if you water a plant too fast and too much, it turns yellow and withers.” Using a probe to continuously measure her blood sugar and a review of the scientific literature, Jessie Inchauspé experimented with different eating patterns and food combinations. Objective: to find out how to make her blood sugar curve as flat as possible. “It was never my intention to ban foods – I will continue to eat pasta and chocolate cake – but to find biochemical principles that can help us feel better without depriving ourselves of everything.” From her experiments, she distilled ten tips that impose few restrictions, and which you can quite easily implement to regulate your blood sugar level (read also: 10 tips for your sugar level), without drastically changing your eating habits. Some recommendations are logical and rhyme with a healthy diet, others are much more surprising. For example, the biochemist recommends drinking a tablespoon of vinegar in the form of vegetable vinaigrette before each meal, either pure or diluted, and through a straw to protect your tooth enamel. “The acetic acid in the vinegar has a double and scientifically proven effect: it slows down the breakdown of starch into glucose and stimulates the muscles to use glucose more quickly,” she explains. A reflex that you can teach yourself, like dividing your meals by food category or replacing a sweet breakfast with a tasty alternative. So forget the breakfast cereals, orange juice and white bread with chocolate: such sugar intake in the morning triggers a chain reaction of cravings and sudden fatigue that lasts the whole day, according to Inchauspé! Do you have a really sweet tooth? Don’t worry: You can still eat sweets without your blood sugar going through the roof by eating a sweet treat for dessert instead of as a snack or afternoon snack. And sweets in moderation, but you already knew that!Read more: Glucose Revolution, Jessie Inchauspé, Fontaine Publishers, 22.99 euros.

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