- Last Updated on Friday, 11 October 2013 22:03
- Written by Judd Handler
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Are you carb crazy? Does one serving of pasta never satisfy? Do you frequently crave high-carbohydrate meals, even though you frequently crash after eating them?
You’re certainly not alone. Many of us love high-carb foods, but it’s not only because of the taste. Think about it: when you eat spaghetti or any other noodle or rice dish plain, it doesn’t taste that good, right?
If it’s not the taste of the food by itself, what is it about high-carb foods like noodles and rice that quickly convert into sugar?
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Picture this perfect, simple Italian meal: angel hair pasta cooked al-dente with chopped fresh grape tomatoes, a subtle but pungent mix of freshly crushed garlic, a satisfying squirt of lemon juice, and a generous drizzle of olive oil.
Salivating yet? Maybe it’s the fresh ingredients--most of which are usually healthy vegetables, herbs and spices--added to rice and noodles that make these tasty morsels impossible to turn down?
Substitute high-carb dishes with calorie-free and carb-free noodles
It’s not only the fixings we add to noodle and rice dishes that make them so mouth-watering. After all, it’s possible to enjoy Italian, Asian and Indian-style dishes with low-carb noodles and rice, thanks to noodles that contain a Japanese flour called 'konjac', which can be found in health-food stores. I recommend MiracleNoodle.com for all-natural zero-calorie konjac noodles. Kelp noodles are another example of very low-carb noodles.
If you’re still drooling, thinking about the angel hair pasta dish from above, one example of how you can enjoy a noodle-rich meal without the guilt of adding hundreds of extra love-handle packing calories to your diet, and spiking your blood sugar in the process, is by substituting regular pasta with konjac flour or kelp noodle products.
The secret to low-carb recipes is that the low-calorie, low-carb noodle and rice offerings must easily soak up the texture and taste of whatever sauces, spices, herbs or other accents you’re cooking with. For the average American pressed for time, meals have to be prepared quickly.
Both konjac and kelp noodles meets both criteria. In fact, how does not having to cook sound? Simply remove the product from the eco-friendly packaging, rinse, drain and add to a stir-fry.
Both konjac and kelp noodles are loaded with soluble fiber, helping keep you regular and feeling full.
When your belly expands
Another secret to low-carb noodles and rice is that they should, after being consumed, slightly expand in your belly. This is not to be confused with bloating. Many people typically feel lethargic and bloated after eating a high-carb meal.
This will not happen after eating konjac or kelp noodles (as long as you’re not eating any other high-carb foods or allergenic foods along with it); the fiber in these noodles will ever-so-slightly expand in your stomach, leaving you feeling full without feeling stuffed.
The highly addictive nature of high-carb foods
Although rice and pasta and other noodles don’t physically resemble the bottle of white sugar you would pour into a cup of coffee, these foods are all broken down by the digestive process as simple sugars much like table sugar.
What does this do to the body? It’s like pouring gasoline refined and intended for use in a million-dollar race car into a clunker sedan. The fuel gets burned up way too fast and ruins the engine. Eating high-carb foods ruins your engine as well. The fuel burns up too quickly and in a couple hours we feel the need to refuel, and we often refuel with the same high-carb foods that caused us to feel tired, bloated, or in the aggregate, perhaps led to diabetes.
Why the love, then, for high-carb foods if they are generally bad for our health? It’s because high-carb foods are scientifically proven to be highly addictive. Numerous studies, such as this meta-analysis published in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, (a review of dozens of studies) provide ample evidence of sugar’s addictive nature.
The meta-study concludes, “Access to sugar can lead to behavior and neurochemical changes that resemble the effects of a substance of abuse.... According to the evidence…access to sugar...is capable of producing a ‘dependency’.”
It’s not necessarily the running-on-empty sensation that causes us to binge on high-carb meals; trytophan, the same amino acid responsible for making you feel sleepy after a Thanksgiving meal, is elevated in your bloodstream after a high-carb meal, producing a tranquilizing, sedative effect.
Maybe when we’re stressed, that’s why we reach for a high-carb option: we want to be tranquilized. The next time you’re tempted with a high-carb option, do two things: look at the high-carb option the same way you would an illegal drug and avoid at all costs. And switch from high-carb noodles and rice dishes to Miracle Noodle!
Reduce your calorie intake by the thousands every week
One cup of pasta contains at least 200 calories. And how many of us stick to one serving? Very few of us, right? Supposing you ate a conservative estimate of two cups of noodles or another high-carb dish every day, that would be 400 calories per day or 2800 per week. Ditching the high-carb fare and instead saving time and calories with konjac or kelp noodles will improve your health and perhaps decrease your physiological dependency on high-carb foods.