Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Health Foods You'll Eat... And Enjoy!

By now we’ve all heard that white flour is bad for you and whole grain is good. But what if you or your family doesn’t like the taste of whole grain pasta? Health food isn’t good for you, unless you eat it!

Here are some great tips to improve the way our bodies process the white stuff, by minimizing potentially harmful effects.

The problem with white pasta, white bread and white rice is that some genius decided to eliminate the most nutritious parts, including fiber and nutrition. The carbohydrates break down too fast, which increases blood sugar and spikes insulin. The process happens too quickly for the body’s own good, and hunger can hit again soon.

BUT if you intercept this process, the whole system would slow down. For instance, protein, fat and fiber reduce the glycemic index of white foods, stabilize glucose levels, and keep appetite at bay.

There’s a fabulous product called textured vegetable protein (TVP - pictured above). This little wonder has barely any calories, but adds a decent dose of fiber and protein to any dish. It has no perceptible taste, but picks up flavor from foods and sauces it is cooked with. The only ingredient is defatted soy flour.

Dry TVP looks like granola, and has the consistency of ground meat after reconstituting it in water. Vegetarians use it to substitute for meat in a bolognese sauce
, or for chopped clams in a faux clam sauce. A quarter cup dry has 80 calories, 0 fat, and adds 12 g of protein and 4g of fiber, along with Iron, Potassium and Magnesium. I can just toss a few pinches into an entre for one.

TVP is an exceptional product, and at $2.39 for a 10 oz package, it is cheap enough to cure world hunger! CLICK HERE for more info

Spelt flour is another outstanding product. This looks and feels like white flour, and I use it to thicken sauces, instead of cornstarch. You can also buy spelt pasta, which has nearly triple the protein and fiber of white pasta. It contains all eight essential amino acids needed by the human body, and is a good source of manganese, niacin, thiamin, and copper. I’d suggest mixing some with white pasta to gradually introduce it. This will reduce the glycemic index, and add impeccable nutrition.

Olive oil also reduces the glycemic index of white bread and others in a healthy way, since healthy fats slow the breakdown of unhealthy carbs.

The trick is to slow absorption, while adding nutrition, without spoiling taste! These tricks do all of the above.

Blog posting was originally posted on

Dr. Abby Aronowitz


A couple of posts from Abby's blog:

bigfatmom says @ 11:25am ET on February 27, 2009

I wish i could lose weight really bad. Because my mom was very over weight when she die at the age of 58 yrs.old. And I don't what my my daughter look at me and call me fat again.I 'm 278 lbs. and I have no money to start this program. Can someone help me.Before I die. I don't what to die at a very young age(35 yrs old)


Doctor Abby says @ 3:21pm ET on March 1, 2009

Dear Big Fat Mom,

Thanks for writing!

The best way to improve your health is to focus on "lifestyle." Stop worrying about dying, or whether people call you fat, and begin to do what you can to live more actively, given your money situation and physical health. Begin taking baby steps towards doing exercise, if you've been too lazy. This can be as simple as walking up and down a single flight of stairs, a few times a week. Just move your body more than you've been moving it. Research has found that health can improve by increasing movement, regardless if weight is lost! Continue incorporating new ways of moving your body, and slowly increase the time spent doing it... for the rest of your life! It doesn't have to be a crazy exercise regime that lasts for a few weeks and then ends.

Next, try eliminating transfats from your diet. The ingredient usually says "partially hydrogenated oil" or margarine. These are killer fats. Don't worry so much about the other fats.

If you smoke, try to quit; this is even more dangerous in my opinion than being fat.

Now, begin listening to your body, for feelings of hunger and fullness. Try eating slowly when hungry, and stopping when full, not stuffed.

If you tend to binge, pick one crunchy carbohydrate that is relatively low calorie and only binge on that. Good examples are flavored rice cakes, or, my favorite, Pirate's Booty.

Next, incorporate healthy junk food, so you can be satisfied without feeling deprived. There's a list of brand names in the appendix of my book, "Your Final Diet."

This is my best prescription for living the longest life possible, given your genes. Your genes have programmed you to be a large woman, so become the best large woman you can be!

All best,

Dr. Abby!


ScoutMomAng sats @ 8:29am ET on March 1, 2009

Dr Abby,

You never mention where to buy this stuff. If I can't find it how can I try it?

Doctor Abby says @ 3:26pm ET on March 1, 2009

Hi ScoutMom,

Thanks for writing.

My fantastic web designer, Terri Negron found some links for you. They can be found on my personal blog.

Dr. Abby

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