Jedi and Sith Carbs

So what’s the deal with this “Good Carb” and “Bad Carb”?  Is it like the Jedi and the Sith…so similar and yet so different in their use of the force???

Refined and Processed Carbs are the Sith Warrior

Carbs with Fiber have balance, like the Jedi!

OK OK I know what you’re thinking; What the hell is this girl smoking???? But before you call the local sanitarium let me finish.  We have two totally different groups right, one considered “bad guys” and one “good guys” because every saga needs both sides.

Our story starts a bit differently, with the Jedi coming first (actual Star Wars history has the Sith exist before the order of the Jed’aii but that’s another story)…we originally didn’t have the opportunity for refined sugars and carbs, processing food.  It was all what was found and harvested from animals.  The carbohydrate industry (if you want to call it that) was when the nomadic tribes began planting grain and staying where they were, effectively beginning the process of developing civilization (could be wrong on my history, it’s a little fuzzy).  And thus began the rise of the Sith.

The further along industry went, the more powerful the “Sith” became, until it was Lord of the Siths and a strong opponent against the Jedi (remember Jedi = natural carbs & Sith = refined/processed).  Until now, the Sith seems to have the upper hand (see Kraft or any other refined grain product/McDonalds buns etc.).  What sprouted their most recent rise?  Believe it or not, the depression.  In 1937 Kraft was able to create a dinner for a family of 4…in 9 minutes without breaking the bank, and pushed the industry of refined grains into a fever pitch.  The steamroller effect was in full swing until recently when low carb started fighting back.

Now the Jedi is here and ready to rumble!  I am a Jedi…haha I like that.  I am a Jedi Warrior and I will kick the crap out of the Sith Lord! Muhaha!  But back to the carbs, which ones are good?  plant foods that deliver fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals along with grams of carbohydrate, such as whole grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits. You can’t judge a carb as “good” without considering its fiber content (unless it’s a naturally low-fiber food like skim or low-fat milk).  So why does Fiber Matter?  You can’t actually digest fiber, did you know that? (Ever wonder why the ending result from too much fiber is too much…well ya know…)  Fiber helps slow down how fast your body absorbs nutrients, including those from veggies etc. , which includes, you called it, carbohydrates.  If your body absorbs the carbohydrates slower, your glucose level will remain more steady and will slowly increase, rather than spike.  The general rule is that the whiter the bread, the less fiber there is in it.  Now you might wonder “Isn’t it cheaper to just leave the fiber in?” The answer is NOPE!  It’s cheaper to manufacture the bleached flower and roll out them loafs rather than using the whole grain equivalent.  Why is it cheaper?  Because the refined products actually only use one part of the grain (there are 3 parts of the grain), and the whole grain equivalent has to process that WHOLE piece of grain, such a workout already!

So how do you tell the difference between whole grain bread and bleached bread?  Easy! You look at the color…NOT!! It’s true that bread companies have wised up, there is now a coloring additive, caramel coloring (same as used in Coca Cola) to give certain white breads the “look” of wheat, without any of the actual nutritional perks.  Instead, check the ingredients list, Whole Grain should be #1 on that puppy.

So who wins the battle between the Sith and the Jedi?  I hope the Jedi, but the Sith can roll out 3 ships for every one that the Jedi can (healthy is a bit more expensive than unhealthy) so we just have to hope the Jedi’s Ship is more epic and can crush those 3 Sith Ships…

A Quick note and a few links:

America’s obesity is on the rise,  The History of Obesity changed along with the food industry, and more recently, with the technological industry.

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3 comments on “Jedi and Sith Carbs

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    • Absolutely, fiber is essential to many facets of our lives, not only dieting, but daily living as well. I don’t know about the colon polyps and cancers, have not honestly looked into that aspect of fiber, but it is interesting information.

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