Can a Low Carbohydrate Diet improve Diabetes & Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease?
A new research paper published by a UK based GP has shown that it is indeed possible to see great health results by changing the way you eat. In this study, when people opted for a low carb approach, they saw an improvement in their blood sugar readings, blood pressure, their liver function and also weight loss. The food that unites all of these conditions - SUGAR.
What is sugar?
Sugar is part of the carbohydrate family of foods. This food group is quite large as it includes everything from regular table sugar through to green beans and cereals.
A common mistake that people make when trying to decrease the amount of sugar in their diet, they overlook items such as starchy vegetables, legumes and grains. While these items look very different to simple sugars such as granulated sugar, honey, etc, they are themselves another form of sugar.
Items such as bread, potatoes, rice, pasta and other cereals such as couscous, bulgur wheat, etc are sometimes deemed to be a good source of sugars as well as vitamins and minerals. Unfortunately this is not the case. Starchy foods will still be turned into simple sugars in the human gut and their vitamin and mineral content is quite small that to provide any benefit, large portions will need to be consumed.
How Does Sugar Contribute to Disease?
Studies such as this continue to show the adverse health implications associated with consuming too much sugar - whether it be granulated or from other sources. Consuming too much sugar, in any shape or form, is toxic and this puts extra pressure on the liver to process it and minimise the damage it can cause.
Too much sugar in the blood stream will cause damage to organ tissues and effectively stop the liver’s ability to burn fat for energy. In turn, too much sugar in the diet will be stored as body fat which, if a high sugar diet continues, will cause this stored body fat never to be used.
How can a low carb approach help?
This study has continued to show that the uniting factor in a lot of the “common” diseases that we are experiencing as a society, are indeed influenced by what we eat. Opting for a low carbohydrate diet, does not mean eating chicken and lettuce - but rather, items that are often overlooked such as fruit, vegetables and good fats such as those found in heart healthy nuts and seeds.
The Natural Low Carb Store way of doing things is quite simple. We promote a low-carb, high-protein, moderate-fat diet. Although we are in the same school of thought as Atkins, our approach to diet and lifestyle is different.
It is not only about being healthy but also about making the right choices. Feel free to get in touch with us if you have any further questions. We’ll answer any questions you have and help you make an informed decision.