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All Calories (and All Foods) Are Not Created Equal | Care2 Causes

All Calories (and All Foods) Are Not Created Equal | Care2 Causes

A recent study makes the point that what you eat matters as much as how much you eat. That is, 100 calories of carrot sticks or grapes and 100 calories of deep-fried anything are not the same, in that our bodies do not burn them off in the same way. In particular, more research suggests that the body treats foods made from highly processed carbohydrates (white flour, sugar) differently. Eating these results in spikes in blood sugar and insulin and in our retaining fat rather than burning it off. In the study (published in the Journal of the American Medical Association ), Cara Ebbeling and David Ludwig, the associate director and director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center of Boston Children’s Hospital, looked at how well people were able to maintain weight loss. As New York Times writer Mark Bittman points out, “few people maintain even a small portio...

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