|Apr 26, 2009 10:50am||
I have been able to cut out sugar completely from my diet except the one coming from milk.
I calculated the amount of sugar I’m consuming and it seems it’s coming from the 3 glasses of milk I have everyday. That’s about 11×3 = 33 grams of sugar. Mind you, I drink this after a big meal. Does that stop the big insulin response that is usually caused by eating raw sugar?
|Apr 26, 2009 2:31pm||
If you want to limit insulin response and are interested in how different foods stack up, take a look at a Glycemic Index chart. Milk has a pretty low glycemic index
|Apr 26, 2009 6:04pm||
that’s fascinating, even though a glass has 11g of sugar, it’s low on glycemic index hence lower insulin response hence no substantial fat storage? i’m guess it’s due to the fat content in milk lowers it on the g.i. scale.
I checked my other foods, everything is low on the glycemic index. I’m good to go.
|Apr 26, 2009 11:10pm||
Not all sugars are created equal. The sugar in milk is lactose, which is digested differently than other sugars. Even skim milk (no fat to speak of) is low on the GI.
Fat storage is a lot more complicated than just insulin response – this is something that is still not very well understood (you’ll find nutrional experts arguing over this, and the official explanations change a lot).
However, studies have shown that a diet with a lot of high GI foods increases obesity and the prevalence metabolic syndrome.
|Apr 27, 2009 5:20am||
I have a cup of milk every morning with breakfast. I love milk.
|Apr 27, 2009 6:32am||
Milk has amazing proteins in it hard to make you fat unless you eat cookies with it and go over your calories with it. The GI studies reflect that a low GI diet will cause you to stay fuller longer which the result becomes that you eat less. That is how I view the studies. Since I have started to live by low GI carbs I rarely get hungry and have started to lose weight at a healthy pace. Stomach fat and milk do not go hand in hand in my opinion.
|Apr 29, 2009 9:48am||
Some nutritionists also argue that you can use food combinations to lower the glycemic index of a meal; therefore if you are drinking milk, you can still lower it’s GI impact by eating protein and fibrous carbs with it.
I agree with urbancowboy – I also try to adhere to a low GI practice and it clearly reduces hunger pangs. I don’t completely cut out all sugars – I eat a few pieces of fruit per day, but I combine them with lean proteins and fiber in most meals.
|Apr 30, 2009 11:18am||
I did get worried when I saw this topic as I love milk. I cut right back on alcohol at the beginning of the year, but have replaced it with a mug of hot milk before bed most evenings. (I have to admit to 2 mugs some nights). I hadn’t even thought about its sugar content as I have always drunk milk in rather than fizzy drinks (even as a child).