Every day in the surgeon’s lounge I have a choice. Because they put out both donuts and apples. When you look at these nutritionally they both contain about the same amount of carbohydrates. So if you’re counting carbs you could say “wow” I could have the apple or the donut and they would be equivalent. But your body doesn’t handle them the same way. Let me tell you how it works. It’s called the Glycemic Index. It works by assigning a number to these based upon how your body handles them. If I were to eat the donut, the donut would be digested, and as the donut is digested very rapidly my blood sugar would rise from the donut. When my blood sugar rises my body produces a lot of insulin which then stores that sugar ultimately as fat. When I eat the apple my blood sugar doesn’t rise that much, and the apple takes a lot longer to digest. As a result the body uses the apple as fuel. The donut is used as fat, as storage. We all know how hard it is to get rid of those excess pounds. So, when you’re thinking about what you want to eat, don’t just count carbs. But look at the Glycemic Index. The lower the index, like apple versus the donut, the more likely it is your body will use it as fuel as opposed to storing it as fat. I’m Doctor Terry Simpson and those are your doctor’s orders.