The latest trends in dieting bash Carbohydrates as bad, but has anyone bothered to explain why?Â Talking with Roger Snow, Owner and Operator of Rocky Mountain Grain Products, shed some light on not only why carbohydrates are not the ideal human food source, but also why we keep eating them in spite of their drawbacks.
Gradual Weight Gain
“Now the reason why carbohydrates like, bread, pasta, potatoes and rice, are very bad for us is because of how the body digests these,” says Roger.Â “When the body digests fats, it does it very slowly.Â The body doesn’t get energy out of fats quickly.Â But the body does [get the energy] out of carbohydrates quickly, so if you are climbing Mount Everest or something and you were eating carbohydrates, you’d burn them all up and there’d be no problem.Â However, in our society if we eat sugar and carbohydrates, we get more energy than we can use and so the body starts storing it as fat.
“So virtually everyone in our society gradually puts on a few pounds every year, maybe just one, but after 50 years that’s 50 pounds.”
“That’s what happens to everyone who eats carbohydrates,” says Roger, “You get more energy than you can use and some of it becomes fat. And fat just keeps accumulating.”
Energy Roller Coaster
While weight gain has been noted as the number one reason to avoid carbohydrates as of late, the detriment of carbohydrates goes beyond picking up a few pounds here and there. Roger diagrams that viscous cycle of energy highs and lows that come from eating carbohydrates.Â People tend to eat carbohydrates because they are convenient and a part of so many meals, but then the carbohydrates spike the person’s blood sugar and the energy from the food is expended in a burst.Â
Since the energy from the food is spent quickly, people feel shortly after like they need more energy and fast!Â So naturally they turn to wait their body instinctively knows will give them the much needed energy the quickest…carbohydrates. He says, “The way it works is that people tend to run around and keep going after those quick energy fixes, like coffee, sugar, and pop, so that they have enough energy to make it through the day.”Â Roger describes the tragic situation as, “planning your life from coffee pot to coffee pot.”Â This pattern of carbohydrate boost and energy bust creates a roller coaster effect which, understandably, many people find difficult to break.
Sludge in Your System
In talking with Roger about the effects of hemp hearts, he mentioned that one thing people complain about is loose stools.Â While people may blame the change in their elimination on the addition of hemp hearts, what they fail to realize it that the hemp hearts are in fact cleaning out junk already in their system!Â “I think instinctively everyone should know if you eat bread, pasta, potatoes, and rice, there isn’t much in those things to hold them together.Â
They’re all starch,” says Roger, “So your body is full of those things.Â It becomes all sludgy in your body and it doesn’t clean out regular.Â It doesn’t move through right.Â There’s not much to hold it together.Â So if you’re just starting to eat hemp and you have a body full of bread, pasta and rice sludges, you can expect to have a period of time when you’re cleaning out and you’re going to be looser than you want to be.”
Hemp hearts can help with each of these issues.Â Since the body does not digest hemp hearts quickly, they are a substantial source of energy to fuel a person through the day, and because the person’s energy is stabilized, it is easy to avoid turning to carbohydrates and sugars as an energy booster to make it through the day.Â As Roger said, hemp hearts do help one to clean out whatever unhealthy stuff in is their system already.Â Hemp hearts can help a person cut down on things that are not beneficial, however, as Roger says,
“The only way hemp hearts makes sense is if people use it to change the way they eat, not to add it to an unhealthy lifestyle.”