To Twinkie or Not to Twinkie?

In response to: http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/11/08/twinkie.diet.professor/index.html

To twinkie, or Not To twinkie

By Dr Laurie Teitelman

I’m sure by now you have heard about the professor in Kansas who ate twinkies, sugary sweets and salty snacks as his only food for 10 weeks straight and saw tremendous changes in his weight, cholesterol levels, body fat composition and the like. Imagine how much harder his pancreas was forced to work to secrete that much more insulin to lower the elevated blood glucose levels from eating these foods, not to mention increased risk of diabetes? Imagine how suppressed his immune system was during this period from the effects of the sugar? Imagine the amount of trans-fats that he took into his body that had to be processed in the liver and subsequently stored somewhere, most likely as the more dangerous visceral fat around his organs! Imagine the increased levels of high fructose corn syrups in his body which has been shown to adversely affect blood pressure! Imagine the amount of chemicals, additives, preservatives and coloring agents that he ingested! Imagine how clogged his arteries are getting as they accumulate plaques! Imagine the overall stress he is putting on his body!? This is definitely not an advisable long term plan for weight loss, however he still saw results. What gives?

Bottom line: he ate fewer calories. There is plenty of research showing how calorie restriction increases your longevity and perhaps this is only one piece of this complex puzzle. There are some people who smoke, eat poor quality foods and never exercise but still manage to live into their 90’s. Everyone has their own tolerance for toxins, and some can only handle so much. When it comes to health, this is a whole other issue. We eat to nourish our cells, and should opt to choose more nutritious foods rich in minerals, phytonutrients, natural sources of fiber, protein, fats, carbohydrates and antioxidants! These constituents help our cells retain their youth and optimal function.

We are exposed to so many pollutants and chemicals that our bodies do not know what to do with. It is up to us to ensure that our body is running efficiently so that our organs of elimination (skin, liver, kidneys, colon) may remove more of the toxins that we are constantly taking in, or else, guess what, they accumulate over time and cause disease! I encourage and educate all my patients to make the wiser choice and go for the real, unprocessed foods, balanced meals and a smart exercise plan which together have shown to be protective and the most preventative over time…

In my humble opinion, not to twinkie is your safest bet.

 

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2 thoughts on “To Twinkie or Not to Twinkie?

  1. Kevin says:

    AMAZING article! Very articulate… You should put a link to the Kansas profs article so people can see that. This should be published, fantastic work!!

  2. Rachel Garber says:

    Dr. Laurie!! This was so well written! I was having this conversation with a friend in PA school and I totally agree with you. Although he is seeing immediate effect right now, in the long run, he will for sure develop some sort of coronary artery disease or have an MI or, like you said, develop diabetes. This was so well written and you completely convinced me…I am sending this blog to my friends 🙂

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