Pasta Makes You Fat
Cut out Pasta???
Yes, you heard me right.
You can live without pasta.
This is a picture of 3/4 cup of whole grain organic pasta.
Not very much is it?
This is the standard portion size listed on the nutrition facts label on the package.
Next to this smackerel of pasta is a pile of sugar.
This pile of sugar represents the amount of glucose (blood sugar) that the pasta converts to once it is quickly digested.
Let’s be realistic, pasta eaters, a typical portion is going to be at least 2 cups of pasta, right?
2 cups cooked pasta = 20 tsp sugar = 4 Twinkies®
A moderate serving of pasta is the equivalent of eating four Twinkies®, many people eat much more.
But with a Twinkie you get a bonus of around 36 other highly unhealthy ingredients to go with the flour and sugar, including:
- GMO corn, sugar, HFCS, corn starch, corn syrup, dextrose, corn grits, cellulose
- Trans fats
- Dyes Yellow 5, Red 40
- MSG flavors
- All the top allergens: wheat, soy, milk
Twinkies have been around since 1930 but the ingredients have changed. Originally they lasted only two days because they were made with real butter, eggs and milk. Now Hostess Brands has included so many highly refined ingredients and synthetic chemicals that they should come with a health warning.
Serving size: 2 Twinkies delivering 43 grams of carbohydrate quickly turning into 11 tsp of sugar in your bloodstream.
But, but … this is “healthy whole grain pasta”
Add that phrase to the biggest little list of oxymorons online along with “jumbo shrimp” “long shorts” and “numb feeling.”
Your pancreas just got a wake up call it did not want and starts secreting insulin to get 20+ tsp of sugar under control.
This pasta-sugar will take one of three routes:
- Burned for energy
- Stored as glycogen
- Stored as fat
The storage facility for glycogen isn’t very big so most of this pile of sugar goes through door number three – stored as fat.
The biochemistry involves the formation of fatty acids and then triglycerides which are then stuffed into your fat cells.
Oh, and if you put a tomato pasta sauce over the pasta then you are adding another 2 tsp of sugar per 1/2 cup of sauce.
Pasta is fat-making food, not diet food.
Furthermore, you’ll be ravenously hungry before you have the dishes cleaned up from the pasta meal and you’ll be scrounging around the pantry looking for a snack.
Here are a few pictures I snapped of better meal choices that will bring balance and satiation.
- Start your day with eggs and veggies. I recommend eating eggs no more than 5 or 6 days a week so that you don’t develop a food allergy or sensitivity to them. 2-4 eggs would be fine but make them from free range/pasture-raised chickens.
- Sometimes I’ll have organic sausage or uncured bacon on the side.
- Many days I will have a green smoothie.
Lunch and Dinner
Any meat, chicken, fish along with a salad, steamed vegetables and occasionally some fruit. Check out my recipes!
Tonight it is chicken quarters in the crock pot simmering away with onion, bell pepper, garlic, Tamari sauce and ginger.
Served with fresh green beans from the garden.
Maybe a salad, but I’m still full from my green smoothie lunch and cashews.
Eat your way to health and optimal weight with whole food!
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