I know it is hard to believe, but when you eat a cup of flour you are actually eating more than a cup of sugar. The difference between the two can be as much as 75%.
To cut it short, carbohydrates are the fuel used to keep your body running. We believe that the body is able to use carbs to produce energy, but not enough to power your body’s core functions. This is why we recommend that you only eat carbs when you are in the process of burning fat.
It’s best to avoid carbs when you’re trying to lose weight, but as soon as you start eating carbs you start to increase your risks of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. I think this is because carbs are used as a source of energy for certain neurons in the brain. As a result, carbs can interfere with the functioning of these neurons, leading to higher rates of heart disease and diabetes, and ultimately death.
If you want a great example of how carbs can affect your health, check out the recent episode of RealTime with Bill Maher. One of the things that he discusses is his own experience of an unplanned pregnancy. His wife went to see an OBGYN and he had a test done to find out if he had diabetes. After the test he was told that he was too young to be pregnant, so he stopped taking the daily medications that he was told to take.
For a diabetic, it’s hard to say exactly how much the carbs are in a cup of flour. It’s likely several hundred grams, but it doesn’t matter. The biggest contributor is sugar. If you can get past the sugar in the cup of flour and eat some carbs, it’s likely to do you no harm. But if you can’t, the carbs in the cup of flour aren’t going to kill you.
Many people mistakenly assume that the carbs in a cup of flour are part of the equation for diabetes. Unfortunately, they’re not. I know this because I have diabetic parents, who have tried various methods to keep their children from taking in too much sugar.
The fact is, sugar is the biggest contributor to diabetes in our country. That is why we get so many people with diabetes, and so many of them are kids. As with most things, avoiding it is easier said than done.