Friday, July 20, 2012

Glucose from Starch

Here is glucose on paragraph 4 of pg. 13 of The Birth Partner:

Benefits of a High-Carbohydrate Diet.  A diet high in starchy foods has been shown to increase the amount of glycogen stored in muscle. During muscular exertion, the glycogen is converted to glucose, the muscle's energy source. If the body's glycogen stores are depleted, then fat is converted to glycogen. Fat conversion, however, does not work as well as glycogen conversion. As fat is used to provide energy, byproducts called ketone bodies accumulate in the blood, causing ketosis, a condition that can slow labor or, if the buildup is great, even cause fetal distress...

I loved reading this because birthing for me became easier after our diet change before our third (of seven) was conceived. He was 22 in. long and weighed 9 lbs. 5 oz. but was the easiest to deliver.  Lance is now 6' 4". 

Some good starches are sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, millet, potatoes, amaranth and of course lots of veggies and beans.

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