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Thursday, August 6, 2015
Study About Carbohydrates and Depression
Today I want to share the results of a
study that just came out in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition:
Consumption of carbohydrates increases blood sugar levels to varying
degrees, depending on the type of food ingested. The more highly refined the
carbohydrate, the higher its score on the glycemic index (GI) scale. The GI
scale, which goes from 0-100, measures the amount of sugar found in the blood
after eating. Refined foods such as white bread, white rice, and soda trigger a
hormonal response in the body to reduce blood sugar levels. This response may
also cause or exacerbate mood changes, fatigue and other symptoms of
The investigators found that progressively higher dietary GI scores and
consumption of added sugars and refined grains were associated with increased
risk of new-onset depression in post-menopausal women. Greater consumption of
dietary fiber, whole grains, vegetables and non-juice fruits was associated
with decreased risk.
While the above information is mostly accurate and interesting (i.e.
carbohydrates are mostly not human-friendly)they started with the same ol’ same ol’
assumption that whole grains are better than processed grains.Yes, lowering the glycemic index (or load
which is dependant on serving size) is likely protective of brain and mood, but the
information below needs to be factored in, too.
1 cup of hard red winter wheat (whole) is 137 grams of carbs
with a glycemic load of 68.This is raw
wheat.I’n not sure, but cooked in water
that might be two cups of whole wheat.Halve
those numbers and you get almost 70 grams of carbs with a glycemic load of 34—the
glycemic load says 10 and below is a low load, over 20 is high.Tell me how anyone can possibly think whole
grains are good for blood sugar/insulin levels.WHOLE GRAINS ARE NOT HEALTHY!!!!They are nothing more than packages of high density glucose delivered
with an unhealthy dose of anti-nutrients (lectins, phytic acid and gluten). Whew, sorry if I was shouting. This crappy information riles me! If you want to avoid depression, keep the
glycemic index and load of your carbs low.But do not kid yourself that whole grains fit that bill.