Monday, November 05, 2012

Whole grains, Carbohydrate - Dietitian Diary - 2

I meet my dietitian for the second time. My primary goal for meeting the dietitian was to make diet changes for my hypertension and hypertriglyceridemia.

For hypertension, suggestion is to reduce the salt. For hypertriglycerdemia, suggestion is to reduce carbohydrates.

Today my dietitian talked about 1. Whole Grains and 2. Carbohydrates.

Whole Grains contains barn, germ and endosperm. Barn and germ are the healthy things and endosperm is the unhealthy. Enriched grain is the one which contains only endosperm.

Whole Grains example are Oat, Brown Rice
Enriched Grains example are: Cereals, White Rice.

Carbohydrates are primary too types 1. Simple and 2. Complex

Simple carbohydrates are made of one or two molecules and are very easily absorbed by your body. They do not contain much nutrient but are good sources of energy. Different sugars - Sucrose (table sugar), Fructose (fruit sugar), Glucose (blood sugar), Maltose (grain sugar), Lactose (milk sugar).

Complex carbohydrates are made of many molecules and may have branches or they can be more like a  spider web. Your body takes time to absorb them.

Examples of carbohydrates.

Potatoes and peas are starchy and are not good for the hypertriglycerdemia. If you want to eat potato, eat it with the skin which has large amount of fibers.

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