Many people believe that a calorie is a calorie is a calorie. In a science lab if you are measuring energy output, that is true. A calorie is the energy required to raise the temperature of one liter of water by one degree centigrade. But, when it comes to the food we eat, all calories are not created equal. When you eat food goes through the digestive process, different types of food calories have different effects on hormones, brain chemistry, and metabolism. The calories we eat can give us the nutrition we need to grow, they can heal our bodies, or they can cause disease.
This is important to understand if your goal is good health. We’ve been told that if you burn more calories than you take in, you will lose weight, and vice versa. However, your body reacts differently with calories from broccoli than it does with calories from jelly beans. If it was as simple as counting calories, we wouldn’t have the “diabesity” problem that we are facing today.If it was as simple as counting calories, we wouldn’t have a “diabesity” problem today. Click To Tweet
Let’s look at the example of jelly beans and broccoli.
Calories from jelly beans are almost 100% sugar with no vitamins or minerals. The sugar spikes your insulin level which promotes fat storage, causes fatty liver, increases triglycerides lowers the good cholesterol (HDL), and raises the bad cholesterol (LDL), increases cortisol (which is the stress hormone), which are all contributing factors to diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
The same number of calories from broccoli has a little bit of natural sugar, is a great source of fiber, is rich in vitamins and minerals, contains powerful phytonutrients which are healing plant compounds that reduce your risk of cancer and boost detoxification capacity. Broccoli has no effect on your blood sugar and actually counteracts some of the negative effects of sweets such as jelly beans. (If you don’t like broccoli, there are many other vegetables that do the same thing.)
It is the “type and quality” of the foods you eat, and the hormones and biochemistry they trigger, that determines whether you gain or lose weight, and whether you promote health or disease. In other words, it is not how much, but what you eat that controls the metabolic switches and sends a set of instructions that affect your metabolism for good or for bad.
The good news is you have control of your own fork, so take control and Live Healthy! ?