Food Lie #1: You’ve Been Lied To About The Fibre
It’s pretty common knowledge in the health and fitness industry that you should always choose to eat fibrous starchy carbs instead of pure white starches if you’re goal is to lose belly fat.
The most popular example is replacing white rice with brown rice because brown rice has more fibre. The main difference between white and brown rice is the processing and nutritional content. Only one layer (the outermost) is removed when producing brown rice.
When white rice is produced, everything is removed leaving only the “starchy” component. This means pretty much all of the key vitamins and minerals in white rice are lost including the fibre.
Now you can see why we’ve been told to use brown rice instead of white rice. If you’re trying to eat healthy balanced meals and keep blood sugar stable throughout the day, and you’re an exerciser, this is a great choice.
But each cup of brown rice contains only 3.5 grams of fibre for every 45 grams of complex carbohydrates. This means you would have to eat FIVE cups of brown rice (225 grams of extra carbs) just to get HALF of your daily fibre intake. Not to mention it would add nearly an extra thousand calories per day to your daily calorie intake.
Now you can see why trying to get more fibre from starches is really a waste of time and could make you fatter if you’re not careful.
The small amount of fibre you get is a nice bonus side effect, but it’s NOT what healthy starch intake is for. It’s another food lie. You should easily be able to get all the adequate fibre you need on a daily basis from moderate amounts of whole fruits and heaps of cruciferous and other vegetables you include in your meals.
Remember to always consume starches based on your metabolic needs, NOT because they have more fibre. Save your starchy carbs to fuel your daily activities, recover faster from exercise, and keep your metabolic rate at healthy levels.
And make sure you always combine them with a complete protein and veggies whenever possible. This will prevent unhealthy blood sugar spikes and help keep your body in a fat burning state.
And believe it or not, many times the pure glucose based starch found in white rice is BETTER for your hormones and metabolic health than brown rice. You just have to make sure you’re consuming all-natural white starches the RIGHT way.
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