A basic understanding of the role insulin plays in the body will demystify and change your relationship with the foods you eat, especially sugar. Everyone knows they should eat fewer carbs and most have some idea about things like insulin, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes… yet there’s a disconnect.
While there is an amazingly elegant cascade of chemical and cellular reactions that allows insulin to do what it does, we will benefit much more from understanding what it does rather than how it does it.
I like to think of the body as a massive factory. The blood vessels are the hallways, the organs are departments, the cells are the rooms within the departments where all the real work gets done, and insulin are the workers responsible for managing the fuel supply. Insulin has several responsibilities, but for the sake of this discussion, we are going to focus on three of them.
Keep the glucose fuel at the right level in the hallways
Maintain a steady supply of...
Of all the foods that can inflict damage on your body, sugar - especially fructose - is one of the most dangerous. Soda is just one among the many food and beverage sources of fructose, the largest calorie source of Americans today. The sad fact is that the average American drinks more than 60 gallons of soft drinks each year.
Often in the form of high-fructose corn syrup, fructose is a potent pro-inflammatory agent that speeds up aging, leads to insulin resistance and obesity, and sets the stage for chronic disease, such as high cholesterol and triglyceride levels, high blood pressure, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, liver disease, cancer, arthritis, and gout.
It is recommended to keep your fructose consumption to less than 25 grams per day. If you have a condition related to insulin resistance, keep it below 15 grams. Through this infographic titled "Fructose Overload," discover common fructose foods and drinks you should avoid like the plague, along with stealth sources of this sweetener.
You probably don't know this, but fructose is hidden in many of the foods you eat every day....