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Episode 39: What Carbs Can I Eat?


What Carbs Can I Eat?

Sugar is an ingredient every single person on Earth probably knows about—from the babies up to the elderly. We have always known its familiar taste, the comfort it brings, and are even aware of its negative effects on our body. Today, more and more people from different walks of life are having issues with their blood sugar shooting up and their diabetes becoming a hindrance to a comfortable and healthy everyday life. In this episode, we will discuss two terms associated with carbohydrates and obesity— glycemic index and glycemic load.

There has always been a debate about glycemic index foods and how it relates to the release of insulin. Then came along this concept of glycemic load. Both of these have remained fairly controversial with some studies suggesting their importance in obesity, while others indicating otherwise. We discuss this more with Dr. Richard Lindquist who is one of the directors of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, a trustee of the Washington State Chapter of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and practiced as a full-time obesity specialist for 15 years before transitioning to consulting.


Key Takeaways:

Tune in to my conversation with Dr. Richard Lindquist and learn about:

  • The concepts of glycemic index and glycemic load
  • How the carbohydrates you consume are metabolized in your body
  • What insulin response is and how it works
  • Where and how fructose is metabolized, and how it causes obesity
  • How fruits are still healthy even though they contain fructose
  • The different names that brands use to make ‘sugar’ look more harmless
  • How sugar, in general, produces negative effects on the body


Some Sugar Names Used in Nutrition Labels that Have the Same Effects to the Body:

  1. Honey/Organic honey/Manuka honey
  2. Molasses
  3. Agave
  4. Cane sugar
  5. Corn syrup



Dr. Richard Lindquist:

“It’s not just how sweet the substance you eat, it’s also how much of it.”

“In a litany of sins, I would put artificial sweeteners not very high especially when you compare them to what people would otherwise be taking.”

“You have to sort of prioritize your hierarchy of what you think the important thing is.”


Dr. Avishkar Sabharwal:

“An orange is better than orange juice.”

“Just look for foods that don’t come with a label.”

“People should try and shop around the periphery of the grocery store.


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