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Why Eating Sugar Feels So Good.
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March 7, 2011
Dear Valued Subscriber,

Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve Minsky.

Why Eating Sugar Feels So Good
According to a study in British Journal of Nutrition, there is a new determining factor as to why eating sugar makes us feel so good. According to researchers, it is the influence of glycemic index (GI) and glycemic load (GL) on the ratio of tryptophan relative to other large neutral amino acids. Tryptophan is an amino acid that has a part in regulating how good we feel emotionally.

In the study, subjects consumed a high GI mixed-macronutrient meal, a low-GI mixed-macronutrient meal, and a carbohydrate-only high-GI meal on separate days. The GI, GL and insulin index values were largest after the carbohydrate-only high-GI meal, followed by the high GI mixed-macronutrient and low GI mixed-macronutrient meals, respectively.

The percentage increase from baseline in tryptophan levels after the carbohydrate-only high-GI meal (23 %) was only marginally higher than after the high GI mixed-macronutrientmeal (17%), but it was more than threefold greater than the low-GI mixed-macronutrient meal (8%).

This study demonstrates that the postprandial rise in tryptophan was increased by additional carbohydrate ingestion and higher GI. Therefore, the meal GL appears to be an important factor influencing the postprandial tryptophan concentration.

Bonnie - this explains why we feel good for a while and then too often crash emotionally after eating too much sugar. The high GL meals create tryptophan overload in the brain. After the tryptophan is quickly used up, a crash often ensues, and the brain craves more sugar because it identifies feeling good with tryptophan overload. As seen with the low glycemic meal, the spike in tryptophan is much less, making it much more manageable for the brain to handle.
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This week's topics:
  • Well Connect Feature:
    Being Informed & Proactive in Today's Health Care: Surgery 
  • Recipe du Jour:
    Quinoa Paella   
  • Wild Card:
    How Evolution Created Diabetes and Obesity.
  • Brand Buzz:
    New San-J Tamari Product  
  • Shrewd Shopper:
    Issue With Tilapia 
  • Steve's Studies:
    Antacids, Bone Loss, Triglycerides, and H.Pylori 
  • Green Lifestyle:
    Why Reducing Exposure to Toxicity is Imperative.
  • eNews Updates:
    -Is Earwax a Good Thing?
    -Remedy for Spider Veins, Leg Pain, Poor Blood Flow. 
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Care's Corner - March
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Featuring food and lifestyle consultant Carolyn Martinelli. Care dishes on everything you need for spring, including the latest dietary, exercise, and fashion trends, including our special "Hollywood Spring Break Cocktail". Feel free to email her suggestions for future segments.

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Dr. Schuster's Well Tips - March
drliloschusterAdjustment Tools
My name is Dr. Liselotte Schuster. I have worked with Bonnie Minsky at Nutritional Concepts for over twenty years. Each month, I offer wellness tips from a Chiropractor's perspective. Feel free to email me topics to consider for future segments.

This month, I explain how I use various adjustment tools in an individualized fashion to bring the body back in balance in patients who are afraid of and or are not fond of the the manual/audible manipulation.


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