Pain Relief In Utah With An Anti inflammatory Diet 1
When I started my college education in the late 80's, there was no such thing as an anti inflammatory diet for pain relief. In fact, a good summary of the nutrition science of the time can be summed up in the following, "fat that goes through your lips will go to your hips." Fat was evil and carbohydrates were king for nutrition, energy and weight loss.
Pasta, rice and bagels were all considered health foods, so I ate plenty of them. Being in my early twenties and highly active, their affects on me were not that great, except that I developed a habit for eating them. And it's not as though the science these conclusions were based on were bad, they were just incomplete.
Then in the late 90's and early 00's nutrition science took us to the other extreme - avoid ALL carbohydrates.
Today I want to share with you some new research that shows how you can reduce the amount of carbohydrates you absorb and the impact that it will have on your blood sugar.
The secret is resistant starches. These are starches that are resistant to digestion, so we absorb them much slower, therefore they become more like fiber.
Foods like green bananas and papayas are rich in resistant starches. Here's the really cool part. Cooking and cooling pasta and other starchy foods causes a conversion in some of their starches to a resistant form.
Want to make it even better? Cook your pasta, let it cool and then reheat it. Researchers found that pasta eaten after being prepared this way had a 30-50% less impact on glycemic index.
It may be important to point out that the way to reheat pasta for the best affect is to place it in a colander and pour hot water over it.
It also may be important to point out that preparing pasta this way does NOT reduce the amount of carbohydrates or calories. It causes the carbohydrates to be absorbed slower, keeping blood sugar more steady, giving a person a feeling of being full, which should result in fewer calories.
In coming posts on this topic we'll discuss how starches affect pain and other aspects of health.