Refined carbohydrates, such as white flour, white sugar and white rice, are quickly converted to glucose by the body and absorbed into the bloodstream. This causes a huge jump in blood sugar levels, endangering the health of the veins and capillaries since a high blood sugar level is highly corrosive. To counter this, and protect the veins and capillaries, the body releases insulin into the bloodstream to restore the normal blood sugar levels. When this happens many times a day, year after year, the strain on the system results in a decreased ability to produce insulin and the cells becoming incapable of absorbing it (called insulin resistance). Weight gain is inevitable and diabetes is now a very real possibility. A low carbohydrate diet is one way to reverse this, lose weight and restore health and energy.
Here are 12 healthy foods that are low in carbohydrates:
Mushrooms are a great alternative to rice and starchy vegetables like potatoes. They’re a good source of protein, minerals and dietary fibre, are cholesterol free, low in calories and best of all, they taste fantastic! They also contain many antioxidants and immune boosting properties. Even the plain white button mushrooms are an excellent choice. Add them to salads, stews and casseroles or use as a pasta topping. Use the large brown kinds instead of hamburger buns and pizza bases. Simply place them under the grill for a few minutes with butter and garlic and then top them with your favourite toppings.