Google says ‘white foods’ that are bad for you are foods that are white in color and that have been processed and refined, like flour, rice, pasta, bread, crackers, cereal, and simple sugars like table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup.
The whole product is stripped, pulverized and often bleached – rendering it nearly useless in terms of nutritive value. And don’t fall for the “whole wheat” bread nonsense. Its usually just maida with molasses added to it to make it brown.
It is easy to overeat foods made from refined products, because they lack the fibre content needed to create that full feeling. I fact, refined wheat contains Gliadin, which is a very mind-active compound that increases people’s appetites. People on average eat 400 more calories a day when eating wheat, thanks to the appetite-stimulating effects of gliadin.
Smashing a whole-kernel grain to smithereens means it digests faster. Rapid-fire digestion causes blood sugar to spike, which causes a rise in insulin. The result? Not only are you hungry two hours later, but you are also paving the way for insulin resistance and diabetes. Research shows that two slices of bread made with whole-wheat flour raise blood sugar higher than six teaspoons of table sugar and higher than many candy bars.
When blood sugar spikes, glucose builds up in the blood and ends up attaching itself to nearby proteins. The result is a chemical reaction called glycation, a pro-inflammatory process that plays a role in a host of inflammatory diseases — everything from cataracts to arthritis to heart disease.
By no means are “Carbs” the enemy – just the kind of carbs we consume. High fiber, whole grain products (real ones – not BROWN bread); millets; veggies; even some fruits – would be a fabulous choice for including carbohydrates in your diet.
Carbs are our primary source of fuel, and our body needs them to function optimally – we just have to make the wise choices.