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Broccoli is a sweet treat – SERIOUSLY
There are people, who genuinely LIKE consuming vegetables. You wish you were one of them….. BUT, you are not. Your favourite food is sugar.
- Consuming sugar makes YOU happy.
- Consuming broccoli does not make YOU happy.
- But consuming broccoli, makes the cells lining your intestine happy (and strong) and happy intestinal cells help
KEEP your sugar gremlin in check.
So you crave less sugar and find vegetables more appealing.
Ironic ? You bet.
A team of European researchers have uncovered, why eating more fruits and vegetables, protects against weight gain and diabetes.
Feeding the five billion
The selling points for vegetable consumption
- Lots of vitamins and minerals and
- Fibre, mainly the soluble kind, not the kind that acts like sandpaper aka. roughage.
Soluble fibre can be digested. The catch…. it is not digested by YOU. The digestion process depends on your friends – the collection of bacteria that have taken up residence in your digestive tract.
Your gut microflora, munch their way through the fibre, pulling it apart, leaving behind short-chain fatty acids and things.
A sweet treat
Turns out, those short chain fatty acids (SCFA), such as propionate and butyrate, are chemicals that humans can use. Actually these chemicals are great snack foods for cells.
When they are around, intestinal cells carry out the process of gluconeogenesis i.e. they make glucose. Enough to keep themselves “supercharged” and full of energy and a little extra. The extra sugar leaks into the gut…..
Food, glorious food….
In between meals and at night, when there is no actual food coming in, the leaking sugar is a good thing.
PS. Hopefully, you’re not eating after hours – this is definitely not a health move, it causes staff management problems, contributing to metabolic syndrome.
A teaspoon of sugar
The sugar leaked from the intestinal cells, heads to the liver for processing – it passes through the portal vein…
PING ! PING ! PING !
The brain gets a reassuring message – there is enough “food”. The body is NOT STARVING.
- There is no need for the liver to drop what it is doing and start churning out sugar.
- And no need to hunt down a sugar snack
A loafing liver
Brings metabolic peace.
Metabolic peace means less excess fat i.e. more skinny.
In this study, the mice getting lots of short chain fatty acids, remained skinnier, even when they were eating TOO MANY calories.
The team found, the protective effect of the short chain fatty acids, hinged on glucose production. Animals that were genetically modified, so that their intestinal cells could not produce glucose – got fat and diabetic, on the excess calorie diet, even when they were eating lots of “veggies”.
To Tame your sugar gremlin…
You need to feed your gut “friends” the things they like. And they like soluble fibre aka. vegetables, even if you don’t.
Eating more vegetables will encourage the good guys to take up residence (people with weight troubles tend to have more of the “wrong” guys) and send your sugar gremlin scurrying for cover.
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