Insulin, sugar and the food pyramid
September 24, 2012 1:36 PM Subscribe
Our sugar and carbohydrate consumption causes our bodies to store the glucose as fat. Why does the food pyramid tell us to eat more of that food?
posted by Leenie to health & fitness (26 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
Keep in mind I am not a scientist/nutritionist.
I was helping my daughter with homework and noticed something. I am sure I read it when I was in school, but it did not click like it did this time…
Insulin is a hormone that regulates fat tissue. Consuming food high in sugar and carbohydrates causes an insulin release that tells your body to store the blood sugar/glucose in fat cells.
Why then does our food pyramid tell us to eat so many carbohydrates? We are to eat many servings of food types that helps make us fat. Bread, cereals, pasta, potatoes, etc., while eating less of the food that does not contain the sugars to tell our body to make us fat, primarily meat, cheese, eggs, etc.
Am I missing something here? Biology and evolution tells us one thing while the government, nutritionists, and "common knowledge" tell us something else.
(I know I simplified the information here, but I am curious...)