You may be wondering about what else to eat to grow taller. Well you may also be surprised to find out that a very common mistake lots of people make when trying to get taller is that they include far too much carbohydrate in their diet.
Believe it or not a diet that is high in carbohydrates can have a stunting effect on your growth. Although carbohydrate does contain a lot of energy, it only contains a very little amount of vitamins and minerals, or anything else your body can use to aid growth.
The high carbohydrate diet is argued to be one of the very reasons that Asian countries have such a short average height compared with those of Europe or the United States.
Foods which Asian countries eat regularly such as corns, rices, breads and grain products are extremely high in carbohydrates but contain little else useful to the bodies development or growth.
This has meant a stunted growth effect which leaves the population in this part of the world shorter than average.
A second important issue to consider when thinking about your ‘grow taller’ nutrition plan is the glycemic index.
The glycemic index or G.I is a measure of how fast the carbohydrate you eat will absorb into the bloodstream and raise your blood sugar levels.
This normally takes place over a period of several hours but it largely depends on the food types you are eating and its GI. As the GI is measured on a scale, the base rate or ‘normal food’ is set at 100, this is normally considered to be white bread.
This is important to growing taller because food which has a higher GI becomes absorbed into your blood quickly and therefore raises the level of insulin in your system.
Why is this bad? Well insulin inhibits the ability of growth hormones in your body.
The following are the Glycemic values for various foods with White Bread as the Standard food value:
|152 Maltose||80 Potato, new, boiled||54 Brown beans|
|138 Glucose||80 Cookies, rich tea||53 Apple|
|134 Cooked parsnips||79 Rice, polished, boiled 15 min||52 Yogurt|
|132 Puffed rice||79 Fruit cocktail||52 Tomato soup|
|128 Potato, Russet, baked||78 Cookies, oatmeal||52 Ice cream|
|126 Honey||77 Potato chips||52 Fish fingers|
|121 Rice, instant, boiled 6 min||74 Yam||50 Lima beans|
|118 Potato, instant||74 Peaches, canned||50 Green peas, dried|
|117 Cooked carrots||74 Buckwheat||49 Whole milk|
|115 Corn flakes||74 All Bran||49 Chick peas (Garbanzo)|
|109 Broad beans (Fava beans)||70 Potato, sweet||48 2% milk|
|103 Millet||69 Grapefruit juice||47 Rye kernels|
|100 Tortilla, corn||68 Bread, rye pumpernickel||46 Skim milk|
|100 Potato, mashed||67 Orange juice||46 Butter beans|
|100 Bread, wheat, whole meal||66 Pineapple juice||46 Black eye peas|
|100 Bread, wheat, white||65 Rice, parboiled, boiled 25 min||46 Apricots, dried|
|99 Rutabaga (Swede)||65 Rice, instant, boiled 1 min||45 Spaghetti, white, boiled 5 min|
|99 Corn chips||65 Green peas, marrow fat||45 Kidney beans|
|97 Shredded wheat||65 Green peas, frozen||43 Black beans|
|96 Muesli (raw oat cereal)||65 Bulgur||40 Peaches|
|95 Cookies||64 Macaroni, white, boiled 5 min||39 Sausages|
|95 Bread, rye, crisp bread||63 Wheat kernels||38 Pasta, spaghetti, protein enriched|
|94 Mars Bar||63 Sponge cake||37 Red lentils|
|91 Cookies, plain crackers||63 Pears, canned||34 Plum|
|91 Apricots, canned||62 Grapes||31 Fructose|
|89 SUCROSE||61 Spaghetti, white, boiled 15 min||31 Barley (pearled)|
|89 Bread, rye, whole meal||61 Spaghetti, brown, boiled 15 min||22 Soy beans, canned|
|88 Raisins||60 Baked beans (canned)||20 Soy beans, dried|
|88 Beet root||59 Orange||15 Peanuts|
|87 Porridge oats||59 Apple juice||12 Bengal Gram Dal|
|84 Banana||58 Rice, polished, boiled 5 min||10 Nopal (prickly pear)|
|82 Cookies, digestive||58 Pears|
|81 Rice, brown||57 Haricot (white) beans|
|81 Pastry||54 Rice, parboiled, boiled 5 min|
|80 Sweet corn||54 Pasta, star white, boiled 5 min|
Therefore you should be eating more carbohydrate foods which contain a lower GI (glycemic index) rating to avoid boosting the insulin levels in your blood and preventing the body from effectively using the growth hormones you have in your system.
Read the next part to learn the role of Fats in Growing Taller…