CTF is preparing for the Fall and Winter holidays by discussing how sugar and carbohydrate intake affect immunity and how you can help keep you and your children well through the festivities. We will offer daily recipes at the bottom of each post. We will return to the Bone Broth Marathon at the completion of this series.
These posts are longer than my usual, to-the-point-here’s-the-recipe posts. If you’re just here for the recipes, scroll down. It’s at the end of the post.
How Many Carbs Can I Get Away With?
What’s the bottom line? How many carbs does it take to affect my white blood cell’s abilities to destroy bacteria and viruses?
A study published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that 100 grams of any type of sugar consumed by a healthy adult significantly decreased white blood cell activity. Types of sugars tested were glucose, fructose, sucrose, honey and orange juice, with the largest suppression between one and three hours after consumption. There was around a 40% reduction in the ability of the white blood cells to destroy bacteria and viruses around the two-hour mark.