Light foods and other resources that are usually used, such as eating gum to keep your jaws occupied, can be a double-edged sword. No one disputes that light foods have reduced calories and a gum made with sweetener does not fatten much more than a glass of water.
However, when it comes to controlling hypoglycemia, these foods can be counterproductive. A few pages back we talked about the information the brain sends to the pituitary as soon as food enters our mouth. The senses are in charge of warning you that food has arrived and the brain orders to control the sugar.
Now, the brain doesn’t understand exactly what light means and sends its signal as if we were really eating a sweet… with sugar. As a result, we will have greater hypoglycemia because, in addition to having received the hormones to reduce the sugar level, our liver… did not receive sugar. Something similar happens with gum. It stimulates from our salivary glands to the brain itself and deceives it so well that our body behaves as if we eat, eliminating more hormones than we should.
The result, not so many calories. Of course, it doesn’t have them in reduced proportions, but three dietary desserts quietly equate to a dessert with real sugar. So by increasing the amount, it did not reduce calories at all.
Light foods are highly recommended for people with diabetes, high cholesterol, or a desire to partially reduce calorie intake. In this regime, the psychological resource of eating sweets that are not sweet does not serve us well. We really have to make sure that we don’t feel desperate for any sweet or flour, whether it’s this diet or not.
In addition, light products in some people who are already used to going from diet to diet can encourage food phobia, which is also a bad way to relate to the body. Controlling calories can sometimes become an almost paralyzing phobia.
There are people who walk around the supermarket shelves choosing only products that carry the word light on the label or refuse to take a slice if the waiter doesn’t have skim milk, or keep asking the waiters if the chard they ordered is boiled or sautéed.
Anyway, it’s no use obsessing about whether or not the food has a gram of fat. What must be sought is that the relationship of food is normal and intelligent and for this, we must banish obsessions or the act of stuffing ourselves with diet or light meals.