Saturday, April 13, 2013

Juiced

Yesterday, I had my two-month check-in with the post-op Bariatric physician. In the waiting room, a video played on a monitor, in some Time Lord never-ending loop. Please understand that this medical office mostly services patients who are, like me, post-op, and those attending the required classes before having weight-loss surgery. Let's just say that all the chairs in the joint are triple-wide.

I didn't pay much attention to the video, as I was busy trying to conquer level 17 on Jewels Deluxe. But one speaker came on, and his voice was so nasal and whiny that I had to listen. After I had gone through a full loop and watched the whole message, I was flabbergasted.

I want you to imagine a weight-loss center waiting room running a loop of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Or anything off of Food Network. Silly, right?

In my waiting room, before an audience of many people weighing 300+ pounds, my HMO was running a video on the benefits of a diet full of fruit and vegetable juices.

Excuse me?

Behold:

1.  Protein and carbohydrate are turned into glucose, a type of sugar.

2. The normal and healthy amount of glucose in our bloodstream at any given time is about 1 teaspoon.

3.  A half-cup of tomato juice has about 5 grams of carb. One gram = 1/4 teaspoon. So, that measly half-cup of tomato juice has over a teaspoon of sugar. It may not sound like much, but, without the fiber to slow down the impact of the sugar hitting the bloodstream, the juice makes our blood sugar level double within 7 minutes. That triggers insulin, and, if you read my last post, you know that that is B-A-D for those trying to lose or maintain their weight. (Actually, it's bad for everyone.)

4. At the opposite end of the spectrum, grape and cranberry juices have about 18 grams of carb per tiny little half cup. Doing the math, each half cup packs a blood sugar wallop of over a tablespoon of sugar. That level of sugar in the blood is toxic, and must be dealt with. That is the job of insulin, as you know, which handles the situation by forcing that glucose into the fat cells, oftentimes in the belly. Not good.

God didn't put bottles of juice on trees and sprouting from the ground. If you want fruit, eat fruit, preferably low-sugar ones like berries. That berry is a whole package, with all the nutrients and fiber.

It's the same with veggies. Choose non-starchy ones, in all of Nature's colors. They, too, are dense packages of nutrition. Potatoes, peas, corn, and iceberg lettuce don't qualify. 

So ask yourself. Would you rather have the steak, or the blood squeezed from the steak? Sure changes the face of the backyard BBQ, doesn't it?

The Bionic Broad out.

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