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This is a public domain document from the state of Vermont with excellent points on portion control. 20 years ago, a typical bagel was 3” and 140 calories. Today, a typical bagel is 6” and 360 calories.
The larger bagel is an extra 200 calories. Eating 22 extra calories a day equals a weight gain of 23 pounds a year.
As we welcome the new year 2014, it is important to make a resolution to reduce portions as even cutting down by by a small amount a day can add up.
The other very important and often misunderstood aspect of the foods is the glycemic index of foods. For example, a typical bagel has a very high glycemic index of over 70 percent leading what is called "sugar rush" and "sugar crash". This phenomenon is so common that this is what drives the hunger in most people! This also leads to insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, prediabetes, and diabetes.
How does glycemic index affect us?
Your body quickly digests the starches found in bagels, which causes your blood sugar levels to rise quickly and a few hours later, it leads to the crash. The higher the glycemic index of a food, the more it affects your blood sugar levels. Table sugar or sucrose has a glycemic index of 60, while the glycemic index of bagels averages 70 - a bagel is worse than even sugar. A breakfast rich in high-glycemic foods such as bagels can predispose you to weight gain, type 2 diabetes and heart problems.
In fact, Sumo wrestlers in Japan intentionally eat high glycemic diet for rapid weight gain, and there are reports that body builders in USA are intentionally using this principle of insulin resistance leading quick weight gain for their benefit by using insulin. According to the CDC, a third of all US adults are prediabetic or insulin resistant, and another third have some degree of it!
According to Dr. Prab R. Tumpati, MD, founder of W8MD medical weight loss centers of America, our obsession with low fatty foods as advocated by the failed food pyramid in fact contributed to our expanding waist lines by way of increased insulin resistance which in turn causes weight gain!
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