For many of us, too much sugar is a bad thing, and ditto for processed carbs, like bread, pasta, and rice, which are similar to sugar in terms of how quickly they digest and how much glucose they dump into the bloodstream, with unhealthy consequences.
So the question is, if sugar and processed carbs aren’t healthful, why would you ever eat them?
Well, it’s easy to rationalize. We crave variety in our diet. Rather than taking an extremist stand, we should”seek moderation in all things.” And, of course, sugar and carbs taste great.
But here’s the real answer: in addition to being cheap and ubiquitous, there are reasons to suspect that sugar and processed carbs are addictive.
That’s why the modern food industrial complex stuffs its products with sugar and carbs. So does your favorite neighborhood restaurant. Family and friends delight in serving you the unhealthy substances that they themselves may be addicted to. In the battle to eat healthfully, we’re on our own.
Over the years, I’ve cut back significantly on the sugar and processed carbs in my diet. It’s been a long journey and a bit of a battle. But “significantly” isn’t the same as “totally,” and so I’m faced with my own question: why would I eat any of this stuff?
One day a few weeks ago, feeling in the mood to pick a fight, I decided to embark on an experiment. The goal would be to cut out fully 100% of the processed carbs from my diet for a period of one week. It would be interesting to see how hard this would be.
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