Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Simple Math

I apologize for the math so early in the day, but this is vitally important.

The American Diabetes Association states that "normal" fasting blood glucose (sugar) level is less than 100 mg/dL. I would argue that "normal" means "average" and the average American is overweight and on the road to diabetes or other blood sugar related disorders. But for the sake of simple math, let's say that the ideal blood glucose is 100 mg/dL (1.0g/L).

According to Google, a 180lb man has approximately 5.5L of blood.

Therefore a 180lb man would ideally have 5.5g of sugar in his blood.

According to Google, 1 tsp of refined sugar* has 16 Calories @ 4.2g

Therefore, a 180lb man would only need 1.3 tsp of glucose to live.

Check the label of anything at your grocery store, it likely has 5 to 50 times that per serving.

How many carbohydrates (complex sugar) is in your beer or glass of wine?

I will address eating too much protein in my next post, but for now replace your sugar calories (including fruit) with grass-fed butter, healthy fats including the fat that accompanies grass-fed and pastured animals. Get your glucose from slow absorbing carbohydrates that accompany leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, intensely colored vegetables and 85% or darker chocolate.

Stay well engineered,


*Refined sugar is technically glucose+fructose. The bond is easily broken by the liver, releasing the glucose into the blood stream, but fructose needs to be processed by the liver. There seems to be some debate on whether fructose can become glucose, or if persons with metabolic syndrome immediately produce triglycerides from fructose. So, technically, a 180lb man might need to  consume 2.6 tsp of refined sugar to achieve a blood sugar of 100mg/dL but this is still not very much sugar which is the point of this post.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These statements or products referenced are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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