SUGAR VS REFINED CARBOHYDRATES (A difficult but important read)
Elimination of sugar is not enough to get quick, sustained, results.
This is in answer to the often asked question: "What is the difference between sugar and other refined carbohydrates?"
First, you have to know something about the Krebs cycle. This is the metabolic pathway that ALL carbohydrates have to go through in order to be broken down into little energy packets called ATP (adenosine triphosphate). This extremely complicated system is one of the first ones physicians learn in medical school. The system requires at least 48 different nutrients to work at peak efficiency to complete the carbohydrate breakdown. All of these nutrients are present in any living food since they are processing their own Krebs cycle to maintain their life processes.
A good example is the grain of wheat found in the pyramids. It is at least 2000 years old and yet a certain percentage of the grains will still grow. That means that the spark of life was continually burning all that time. The wheat Krebs cycle had to function all that time. A grain of wheat is a perfect little package. It has just enough of the 48 micronutrients to digest exactly the amount of energy (starch) that is present in that grain of wheat. It is designed to last till the plant can grow enough root and leaves to make its own energy.
When we eat a whole grain, we are getting exactly the amount of micronutrients needed to digest the amount of carbohydrates in that grain--no more and no less. If we eat a grain that has been refined, all we have left are the carbohydrates. All the micronutrients have been removed to feed to animals. Remember, the main reason that refining is done is that the impoverished produce has a much longer "shelf-life". In other words, no self-respecting germ, rat, mouse, fungus, etc., will eat it. We humans are not smart enough to avoid it since we are complex enough organisms that we can borrow from Peter to pay Paul--FOR A WHILE!
Eating a refined anything means that our system has to provide, from storage, all of the micronutrients that are missing in the food. Eventually, we don't have enough places to borrow from and the first micronutrients function has to be bypassed. Then, we are a little less efficient. Over the years, enough micronutrients are missing that we are inefficient enough to start sliding down the slippery slope of illness. We don't die; we just get sick and pay the medical system a lot of money treating the symptoms of our "incurable condition".
This is the magic of a whole-foods diet. We need more live fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts and berries to be at least 50% of daily eating. Since the American diet is about 75% refined, is it any wonder MDs make so much money?
Many Registered Dietitians who eat what their training tells them is a good diet but develop health symptoms and can’t figure out why. Too many schools are teaching the same old pablum even though new accurate information is available. We should avoid ALL refined carbohydrates. This is important because, once the Krebs cycle is impoverished enough to create an addictive state to these substances, the slightest TRACE of a refined carbohydrate triggers an almost unbearable craving for this substance. If TOTALLY eliminated, the individual is not only much better within a week but has lost nearly all of the craving at the same time. If the diet is carefully continued, benefits will continue to accrue for about 3 months and cravings will be completely gone within 2 weeks.