Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Techie Tuesday - Microsoft Ate my Homework

Lots of computer problems here this week, so not wanting to invite marauding hordes of malware into my life, I am tending to LOTS of system software issues at the moment.

What's on tap for next week though is really special. It's a presentation on the length and structure of carbohydrates. Carbohydrate glucose polymers go from a length of 1 (glucose) to a length of over 2 million (cotton, and some very special ride fuel).  Shorter is better, right? That's what the people selling brown rice syrup and maltodextrin keep telling us. Are they wrong? If so, why?

Why isn't pure glucose the ultimate ride fuel? and how can anything have a glycemic index higher than pure glucose? Things worth knowing. I'll also explain the science behind the glycemic index, which is so much in the news these days, and deserves to be.

I know I've promised this before, but small libraries have been written on this subject, and it's the "science", bold or implied, behind millions of advertising dollars. All of this makes it very difficult to put in an intuitive presentation format. As my father used to say, "If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right". So be it.

See you all next week.


Anonymous said...

Good luck with the presentation. Sounds interesting but yet complex.

Grey Beard said...

Hey girl! You went **poof** on DM. Are you OK? So glad you popped in here. Was worried a bit for you.

The interesting thing about putting info in the right structure is it makes the complex appear simple.

That's also the definition of good engineering btw, at least according to Buckminster Fuller.

I'm going to restrain myself and not throw in an extended discussion insulin response - yet - but going back to our discussion on body builder protein concoctions vs fast carbs for recovery, it turns out that it isn't just fast carbs that create the insulin spike needed to prevent catabolic muscle destruction. Certain proteins and fats do the same thing.

When I have time to research this further, I will add this discussion in another post.

How are you Steph? Was getting hard to keep up on DM.