Christy Goff, of PACMED, returned to us, this time in the capacity of dietician/nutritionist.
Her talk delivered many “pearls”, the major ones being:
- Of all food elements, carbohydrates deliver the most energy.
- They are broken down to glucose, to be stored in the cells, largely in the liver.
- It is insulin that causes such storage, regulating circulating glucose normally at 70-100 mg/ml.
- The good carbs are in unprocessed foods which are nutrient-dense and high in fiber.
- Bad carbs are in processed foods, which are low in nutrients and high in calories, e.g., fruit juices.
- Exemplary diets contain whole grains (oatmeal, breads, salads, brown rice, and protein whole fruits).
- Several low carb diets were discussed, each containing fiber and protein).
- Reducing diets at tines produce ketones which are detrimental to brain and kidneys.
- Most of the reducing diets eventually fail due to a yield to the craving for carbohydrates.
- Some simplistic advice: “Eat not too much food, and mostly plants”, “Eat less from the box and more from the earth.”
Comment: One who overeats one’s tasty carbs/Is oft exposed to verbal barbs.