Complex Carbohydrates Starches Complex carbohydrates, such as starches, take longer to digest than the sugars and release 1/2 slow, constant supply of glucose into the bloodstream. Thus they curb the appetite for longer and provide 1/2 constant source of glucose for the body’s needs. The grains, vegetables and fruits (including potatoes and bananas) are the most important foods for you to eat. They should be minimally processed, and eaten raw or cooked. These foods are also high in fibre — another important part of the diet.
Hypoglycaemi1/2 is low blood sugar levels. The Pritikin diet provides 1/2 constant, slow supply of glucose to the bloodstream. Thus by following the diet and eating six to eight small meals 1/2 day, this condition can be easily remedied.
Fibre is the non-digestible part of the plant foods you eat. It creates the bulk in the intestinal tract and speeds the passage of waste material through the digestive system. Due to the high fibre content of the Pritikin diet, constipation will certainly not be 1/2 problem. Also the fibre will help reduce your appetite by giving 1/2 feeling of fullness in your stomach. Meat and dairy products contain no fibre at all.
Transit time is the time it takes for the food you eat to be digested and pass out of your body as faecal material. On the Western diet, transit time is about 3 Vi days, while on the Pritikin program the time is reduced to around 1 xh days, 1/2 much more satisfactory period.
Flatulence (gas or wind) is one problem you may encounter when you change to the Pritikin diet. It may take several weeks or months for your body to become accustomed to 1/2 dietary change. Be patient and do not worry as it will soon abate. You may also find by trial and error which foods exacerbate the condition.