This "insulin-stimulating" group should be 25% or Preferrably LESS - MUCH - less of total CARB intake as measured in GRAMS NOT CALORIES.

Unfavorable carbs include:

All breads, bagels, pastas, baked goods, and boxed cereals (although the whole grain versions are MUCH preferred). All condiments, dressings and sauces containing sugars in any form or flour. ALL sweeteners including or most especially artificial sweeteners. "High glycemic" fruits such as figs, bananas, dates, guava, mango, kumquat, papaya, prunes, raisins. All fruit juices. Tomato juice, V-8 juice, Alcohol (which contains mycotoxins).

  • Best sweeteners include organic evaporated cane juice, high quality (REAL) maple syrup and most especially raw, unheated, unfilterred honey. Diabetics or hypoglycmics may benefit from Stevia until metabolism is healed. Xylitol is also acceptable in limited amounts for diabetics and hypoglycemics for use in cooking, when stevia will lose its flavor.

Carbohydrates from ALL THREE carbohydrate categories should account for ABOUT 15 to 80 grams per meal total. The more overweight and sedentary you are the fewer carbs you would need, but if you only get 15 grams per meal, you should ADD two snacks with 7 - 10 grams carbs per snack, emphasizing "most favorable" carbs, plus a bit of best protein and good fat.

Note that this unfavorable carbohydrates category not only includes a lot of the unhealthier foods, but very small amounts are needed to supply added gram counts. For example, one medium banana supplies 27 gram of carbohydrate. Our Nutrient-and-Calorie Poor "Balanced" Plate shows that if you select carbohydrates primarily or mostly from this "unfavorable" category you will need to restrict calories and portion sizes and this means you end up with lower nutrient values.