I don’t want to pick on one of my heroes, Chef Jamie Oliver, who does serve up some healthy foods – however, he does also serve up some really unhealthy recipes. He is campaigning for higher taxes to financially force people into reducing their intake of sugar from one area of their lives but still delivers as much sugar in his some of his recipes and restaurants. For example, a plate of potatoes and parsnips has more sugar than the worst cola or soda. He may not know how much sugar is in his recipes or he may think an occasional indulgence (I refuse to use the word, ‘treat’) will not do any harm. It could be true but we know that all sugar is highly addictive and while some people are very good on willpower the majority of us are not and the only way forward is to keep away from addictive sugar and high sugar foods.
The last word on Jamie Oliver: He really is one of my heroes for his work campaigning for a better children’s diet and one day soon I would like to meet him to tell him about my Really Healthy Pasta.
What Do I Mean By Sugar?
For those who are new subscribers to my newsletters or readers of my books, sugar is very unhealthy and is found in dangerous levels in all grains and cereals, breads, cakes, cookies, rice, potatoes, parsnips and wheat pasta (and of course sodas and colas). To make matters even worse, when sugar is heated and slightly browned (as in baked goods and toasts) they become even more carcinogenic. There is a measure of sugar toxicity in foods called the Glycemic Index (GI) with a scale of 1 to 100. There is a difference of opinion what is a safe level and some say keep under a GI of 50 and some say a GI of under 40.
The only scientific studies show that a Ketogenic diet with a GI of under 25 is the only level that is healthy and safe. It is tough to stay under 25 but those who are really sick and who have cancer need to be strong to survive and stay under a GI of 25.
Warning: The food industry, alarmed at the truth about sugar, has created a new term ‘Glycemic Load’. The meaning behind this is that it is OK to load up on sugar once per day but not at every meal. There is no scientific basis for this and the science says only a Ketogenic diet is safe.
‘I Never Said It Will Be Easy, But It Will Be Healthier’
This is an Easter four-day weekend here in Spain and a big religious festival. Like most religious holiday periods lots of high sugary foods and drinks will be consumed.
Stay away from foods and drinks higher than 25 as much as possible. If you don’t want to upset hosts when invited out to eat then take 3 capsules of Cinnamon27, 20 minutes before a meal as this will block and reduce the sugar absorbed.