“Slow-calorie” diet on the rise in fights against obesity, diabetes

Obesity has become a global threat with more than 2.1 billion people or nearly 30% of the global population being overweight or obese.  If its prevalence continues like it does today, almost 50% of the world’s adult population will be overweight or obese in 2030. In developed countries obesity makes already app. 5% of the health-care spending. And this figure doesn’t contain the productivity losses of employees having obesity or diabetes. And nothing seems to be able to stop the prevalence of obesity and diabetes.

Carbohydrate confusion

Low-carb, high-carb, no-carb, gluten-free, grain-free etc. When it comes to healthy eating, there is some serious “carbohydrate” confusion. But starches or carbs are important for us as they are the main energy source for the brain and the body. Therefore they should always be included in our diet for maximum functioning of the brain and body. So it’s not about whether or not we should eat carbs, but rather what types we should eat.

There are two general classes of carbs–refined and unrefined. Refined carbs like white breads, white flour, pastas are essentially refined sugars, meaning once we eat them they are quickly turned into glucose in our system. As glucose enters the blood, the blood sugar level rises. This prompts the secretion of insulin, the hormone that lowers the blood sugar level. A sudden spike in blood sugar goes hand-in-hand with a large secretion of insulin, which tends to lead to build-ups of fat inside the body.

“Slow calories” or “low glycemic”

In order to curb obesity and prevent diabetes form getting worse, preventing sudden spikes in blood sugar levels or so called postprandial hyperglycemia (PPHG) is vital. The concept of “slow calories” or low glycemic is based on a method of ensuring that glucose is absorbed slowly into the body, thereby avoiding PPHG. This will happen if we eat the second class of carbohydrates the “unrefined carbs”. These are found in whole grains, beans, fruits, and many vegetables. The fiber in these foods helps to slow down your body’s absorption of carbs, therefore slowing the process of turning carbs into glucose.

Eating habits

Obesity and diabetes therefore can be improved by re-examining our eating habits. We need to start eating foods with ingredients that are rich in dietary fiber and so are absorbed slowly. However changing eating habits is not so easy to materialize. White bread made with PANATURA® GI is a breakthrough innovation, which allows us to continue to eat our beloved white bread, however without having the unwanted spikes in blood glucose level.

Conclusion

By limiting ourselves to a low-carb intake, eating less of the quickly absorbed carbs, keeping moderate amounts of lean proteins and healthy fats, and getting a reasonable amount of physical activity, we set the stage for a healthy living.