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Avoid Sugars and quick digested Starches Part 5

Food or drink with lots of sugar or starches that are easily turned into blood sugar (glucose) causes your pancreas to put out too much insulin. Insulin “opens the gates” of all cells to accept glucose. This includes muscle cells, fat cells and brain cells. You get a “sugar high” as the brain makes endorphins because of high glucose. But later, when blood glucose gets too low, you feel light-headed, tired or nervous and crave more sugar. Eventually your body’s cells get resistant to the action of insulin so more and more is made, exhausting the pancreas, leading to type II diabetes. This had been called “adult onset” but is occurring in children. Like adults they first get obese as sugar enters fat cells then they get diabetes. Dr. Schwarzbein, who used to be a sugar “junkie” herself, tells how to decrease cravings. Julia Ross, who used to run a clinic for drug addicts, tells how specific amino acids can cure your abnormal cravings for sweets.

If possible, increase your use of natural foods, including plenty of vegetables. If you must buy manufactured foods or beverages, read the labels. (I found only one brand of applesauce without added high-fructose corn syrup.) Labels don’t list omega-6 fatty acids in oils. Some canned fish lists the healthier omega-3 fatty acids.

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Avoid Many Common Salad Oils

Corn oil, cottonseed oil and most other salad oils should be used sparingly by most people and not at all by cancer survivors. These oils, containing the omega-6 fatty acid, linoleic acid, are in many other products. Some recipes even suggest using salad oil instead of butter or lard in your baking. Even though they come from plants that does not mean they are superior to animal fats. A healthy ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids should be 1:1 or up to 1:4 but not the 1:20 in the typical American diet. Excess omega-6 fatty acid can cause inflammation, affect allergies and impair your immune system’s ability to fight and destroy pre-cancerous cells. The small amounts of omega-6 fatty acids in most nuts are healthy. Dr. Bob Arnot in his book for avoiding breast cancer advises eating no sugar and no omega-6 salad oils. (Olive oil and canola oil contain mono-unsaturated fatty acids, not the polyunsaturated linoleic acid of other bottled oils.)

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