Staying-at-Home & Consuming Fast Carbs


Day 24 – Stay Home Order

Gov. Tim Walz eased some restrictions on Friday April 17, urging Minnesotans to enjoy more outdoor activities but warning against a false sense of security about COVID-19.

To-day is day 24 of Minnesota’s ‘stay-at-home’ order issued by the Gov Tim Walz. Just before the announcement, local media reported that most people flocked to the grocery stores and stockpiled large amount of food than usual. Sales of “comfort foods” like potato chips, pretzels, pancake mix and cookies have seen a particularly dramatic surge. According to CDC, when such a stressful situation arises, people often experience substantial changes to their eating behaviors. Now most of us are struggling with emotional or stress eating and avoid our urge to consume ‘comfort foods’.

To keep metabolic health and weight in check & temptation consume from their workspace:try to avoid eating foods that contain “fast carbs,” such as refined grains, starches, corn and sugar.

Dr David Kessler (source: The New York Times)

Fast Carbs or Slow Carbs Foods

During the time of stress, changes in cortisol occurs in our body, playing a critical role in energy regulation. ‘We also tend to crave food higher in fat and sugar when stressed, in part because our body requires more energy to function when stressed, and simple carbohydrates are the fastest way to get a quick hit, writes the Harvard Mental Health Letter.

Dr David Kessler, Former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration writing an opEd in the Atlantic that ‘processed carbohydrates have become a staple of the American diet, and the consequences are wreaking havoc on our bodies’.

The University of Kansas Medical School‘s Cray Diabetes Self-Management Center document writes ‘not all carbohydrates are created equal’. “Fast” carbs foods increases blood sugar quickly, where as “slow” carbs food cause a slow, steady rise in blood sugar.

Source: Carbohydrates & Glycemic index chart from KUMC.edu.

Dr. Kessler discusses science behind highly processed carbohydrates and how they affect our physiology in his recent book “Fast Carbs, Slow Carbs,”. Dr writes in the book that “Highly processed carbs short-circuit our innate biology. The laborious series of steps we developed over millennia to digest whole fruits, grains and vegetables through the entire length of the digestive system is undermined.”

Our best path to health comprises three basic steps: limit fast carbs, exercise with moderate intensity, and lower LDL levels. Following these recommendations will change our nation’s health as significantly as reducing tobacco use has done.

Dr David Kessler in the Atlantic

Quoting from the Dr. Kessler’s book the Times columnist Anahad O’Connor writes that “he is not telling people they should never eat these foods — just to be mindful about what they are and how they affect their health. The less often you eat them, he said, the less you will crave them”.

Coronavirus Watch

According to the MDH latest tally (as of April 20, 11 a.m.) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 2,470 (out of 46,850 tested) with 143 deaths. According to Johns Hopkins database (as of April 20, 2:30 p.m.) there are 766,664 confirmed covid19 infection with 41,313 deaths. Globally the covid19 virus has infected 2,458,150 with 168,906 deaths.

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