My Birthday Pie · 3 November 2012

Thinking about the glycemic index of foods, it is an odd thing is that I can have a big piece of my pecan birthday pie without suffering the same consequences as I do with a couple small pieces of candy. I do not get that immediate big sugar rush with the pie like I do with the candy. Or maybe I do suffer the consequences, but they are not as dramatic. Maybe I do get a sugar rush, but I just do not notice it as much. But even if that is the case, it is still a conundrum. What is the difference between a couple pieces of candy and a large piece of pie?

In the case of the pecan pie, the difference is probably the pecans. The candy I ate was pretty much pure sugar (even though one had a little peanut butter). So even though the pecans in the pie are just sugar coated nuts, there must be enough good stuff in the nuts and the rest of the pie to dilute the sugar effect. There is some food science involved that I currently do not understand.

When it comes right down to it, I do not really care that much about the science of it all anyway. Right now, I am just glad that I can have my birthday pie and eat it too.

© 2012 Michael T. Miyoshi

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