Those Darn Refined Carbs    November 5 2013

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Gluten-free or not, refined carbs make an impact on your dietary choices and cravings.

Gluten-free or not, refined carbs make an impact on your dietary choices and cravings.

Those Darn Refined Carbs

Thanks to Emily for sending this very interesting article on the affect of refined carbohydrate consumption on dietary choices.

Many folks doing the food challenge are learning firsthand how easy it is to overconsume carbohydrates and how addictive this macronutrient can be.

Check out the full article by clicking on the link below:
Refined Carbs May Trigger Food Addiction

EXCERPT:  Consumption of a meal that has a high glycemic index (GI) appears to stimulate key brain regions related to craving and reward, a finding that supports the controversial hypothesis of food addiction, new research suggests.

Investigators from Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts found that compared with consumption of a low-GI meal, a meal high in refined carbohydrates decreased plasma glucose, increased hunger, and selectively stimulated brain regions 4 hours after eating — a critical time point that influences eating behavior at the next meal.

“We think we have shown for the first time that refined carbohydrates’ biological effects can provoke, independent of calories and tastiness, symptoms related to addiction in susceptible people — those who are overweight or obese,” said the study’s principal investigator, David Ludwig, MD, from Boston Children’s Hospital.

  • Emily Moore

    What is that in the bottom right picture? Fried okra?

  • Annette Brownlee Elton

    It looks like wasabi peas.

  • angilly

    Whoa whoa whoa… Pizza has carbs? This explains _everything_.

  • Bones

    Great point about “gluten free or not” – we have seen how easy it is to be lulled into complacency at times by verifying that something is gluten free, without considering other processed elements such as other flours, sugars, etc.

  • lisa p

    HOLD UP. Pistachios are refined carbs? My entire life has been a lie.

  • EmilyMc

    I love when science finally confirms things we’ve always known!
    This article provides additional strong evidence that manufactured foods, sugar, and fats can interact with the brain and systems that [also] are hijacked by drugs of abuse.” The take-home message: “Avoiding highly processed carbohydrates could help overweight people avoid overeating.”

  • Stef

    I recently decided to zone some gluten free gnocchi for dinner because it sounded delicious… and it’s gluten free right?! Yeah, 3 blocks of CHO (my entire dinner allotment) was 7 gnocchi! 7! That’s quite a carbohydrate punch from a small handful of tiny potato dumplings. I think I’ll stick to spaghetti squash.

  • Jeremy

    If you want to know more about the actual article, here is its abstract without a paywall. This is actually what I do, minus the eating manipulation. If you want the full article, let me know: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Effects+of+dietary+glycemic+index+on+brain+regions+related+to+reward+and+craving+in+men