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Q &A: Is there an alternative to flour, sugar & potatoes?

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By Jennifer Benson, R.D. • • June 11, 2003

Q: At a recent conference on fibromyalgia a physician said to remove these items from your diet. I find this to be an impossible task! Is there an option to the flours? Like unbleached flours?

Is Sugar in the raw ok to eat?

Do potatoes really turn to sugar in the system?

- Andrea

A: Nutrition is such a challenging field with all the misinformation out there, it is so hard to sift through. So let me answer your questions for you.

1. You didn't mention which flour the physician recommended to remove, but I will assume it is anything with wheat. There are other flours, probably the most popular alternative is rice flour, and potato flour is also an alternative. Unbleached flours are wheat based, so if you are avoiding wheat or gluten, unbleached is not a good alternative. Cornmeal may also work for you. The best place to find these are in health food stores.

2. All sugars are sugar whether it is table, powdered, raw, or even honey. They are all made of the same elements and break down into the same elements during digestion. The only way to get away from sugar it to use a sugar substitute, i.e. Splenda.

3. Technically, potatoes do break down into sugars in your system. Sugar is made of glucose and fructose molecules (both simple sugars) hooked together. In the digestion process, these two molecules are broken apart and enter into the blood stream. Potatoes are starch, which is made up of a whole bunch of these simple sugars hooked together. During the digestion process, all of these simple sugars are broken apart and enter into the blood stream. So whether it is sugar or potatoes, they both enter into the blood stream looking pretty much the same.

I hope this helps clarify some of the information for you. Good luck, and take care.

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