Carbs, Low Carbs,
Simple Carbs, No Carbs
Don Bennett, DAS
We have the
intelligence to journey to the moon, and walk on it. We've figured
out how to split the atom and harness the resulting energy. We've
had the smarts to build a telescope that has allowed us to view
galaxies billions of light years away. Is it likely that we don't
know what the natural diet of human beings is? Pick any other animal
on the planet, from the tiniest insect to the largest mammal, and
you'll discover that we know exactly what they're supposed
to eat. So it's hard to imagine that we don't know what we're
supposed to eat. Could it be that the diet we're designed to consume
is a complete mystery to us?
the tons of TV commercials and articles on social media, you'd think
we finally discovered that we're supposed to eat low carbs and high
protein. Wow, it took us until 2019 to figure it out! Well, everything
you're seeing about this nowadays can't be further from the truth.
The ads tell you what the food companies want you to eat,
not what you're designed to eat. They want you to chow down
on chicken, bacon, beef, ice cream, cheese, low-carb beer, low-carb
cereal, low-carb cookies, and the list goes on and on. Besides appearing
all over the TV and your supermarket, what else do these things
have in common? They're not foods designed for human consumption.
We're designed for high carbs and low protein, not the other way
around, as your TV would have you believe.
And the same
is true for the "keto" diets that are high fat and low
carbs. Yes, the body can use fat for fuel, but it's BODY fat that
it's meant to use during lean times when our primary food source
is hard to find, not fat from food. Yes, it CAN use fat from food
as fuel, but at a cost that keto dieters will discover at some point,
just like the Atkins dieters did.
But there are
carbs, and there are carbs. Yes, two types! The carbs we're designed
to eat are called simple carbs, as in fruits and veggies
(although veggies don't have many). The carbs we're not designed
to eat are called complex carbs, as in breads, pastas, rice,
and junk food. Want proof? Pick a food item. If it's created from
more than one thing, break it down into its individual components
and put it to the edible test: Can you make a meal of each
one of the components, as it appears in nature, and enjoy the experience.
Let's start with simple carbs: a piece of fruit. No individual components
to break down, and Mmmm, yummy. Now take bread or pasta. Can you
make an enjoyable meal of wheat? Yeast? No. Conclusion: Just because
we figured out a way to take an inedible grain and turn it into
something we can eat without gagging, doesn't mean it's what we're
supposed to eat. And if it's not food fit for human consumption,
which one of the three possible effects on the human body will it
* Good for
for your health
* No effect either way
I haven't found
anything that has no effect either way, so it's either a health
enhancing thing or a health damaging thing (even if it takes years
or decade). Take three guesses which category grains occupy.
And if you're
avoiding carbs (the body's fuel of choice), you have to get your
calories from somewhere, so your daily intake of fat and protein
increases to make sure you get enough. And it's too much
fat and protein that accounts for the epidemic of degenerative disease
we have today, not too many carbs. Yes, too many complex carbs and
empty carb foods are unhealthy (we're designed to run on simple
carbs from nutritious food), but substituting fat and protein for
carbs is a recipe for disaster, and it doesn't matter if it takes
40 years to land you in the hospital, does it?
I'm both amused
and amazed when I hear nutritionists arguing about carbs. One insisting
that fruits are simple carbs, and one adamant that fruits are complex
carbs. One nutrition expert stating that we're designed to eat complex
carbs, and another saying that it's simple carbs we're designed
for. Why is there so much misinformation, and worse, disinformation
(info presented as truth that's known to be false by the entity
providing it)? If nutritionists are confused about nutrition, and
well-intentioned vegan health educators are miseducated, and whole
industries disseminate false info, how can you, the consumer, expect
to get truthful nutritional information that's truly in your
I know about nutrition, I am appalled by what I see on TV and social
media. Food companies taking advantage of people's taste buds, drug
companies taking advantage of your fear of disease and your dislike
of symptoms, and weight loss companies taking advantage of your
desire to be slim
all for the sake of profit, at the expense
of your health. But you can't blame businesses for caring about
profit; it's not their responsibility to care about your health,
it's yours (it's their responsibility to maximize profit). And taking
the latest medication because some suggestive TV ad said to ask
a doctor about it, or eating the way the news reporter said you
should, is likely to be in someone else's best interest, not yours.
And miseducated vegan educators and alternative health practitioners
make matters worse because we think they are a more accurate source
of info than mainstream sources.
What can you
do about it? Start off by adopting the old adage: Let the Buyer
Beware. Next, educate yourself. Yes, in a perfect world, you
could depend on professionals to give you info that was truly in
your best interest. But take it from me, in this world, the
food, drug, medical, and health care industries are motivated by
self-interest and financial gain (I'm not talking about the people
you have direct contact with, I'm referring to the people who make
the rules, set the party lines, and influence the curriculums...
the ones making six figure incomes). And miseducated or biased plant-based
educators can have you following different but equally inaccurate
So yes, take
a class, but more than one. Buy some books (that can't be found
in stores like Barnes & Noble), and for your sake, think for
yourself, and as a researcher, not a student. And thank heavens
for the Internet; use it before it becomes "sanitized for your
protection", but remember that it contains both accurate and
inaccurate diet and health info. Start with the other articles on
this website. Yes, they will drop your jaw. Yes, they will challenge
your long-standing beliefs. But if you truly care about your health,
you'll read on. It's been said, the truth shall set you free,
but only if you know what the truth is.
P.S. I was just
treated to a video about the "brain needs sugar myth"
(BTW, it's not a myth), and the amount of inaccurate and misleading
info in this video was astonishing. There were so many spurious
statements, I don't know where to begin. Here are a few highlights...
this was true [that the brain needs glucose] how do you explain
all the people who cut out glucose from the diet, and they do fine."
This shows me
that he is either very ignorant of the facts (maybe because of confirmation
bias because of what he WANTS to believe), or because he knows full
well that a high fat diet is far more popular with people than a
low fat high carb diet, and he wants to be popular (there are many
practitioners who promote a high fat diet for this reason). But
the (real) science supports a high carb low fat diet. Yes, you can
find studies that support the opposite, and I'll just say, "follow
the money". The literature is replete with "loaded"
studies that are commissioned to prove something that some industry
wants proven. And BTW, the body can make carbs out of fat, but at
fat is healthier than burning sugar"
He's got to
be kidding with this one. The process of turning fat into carbs
is a "messy" one. The process of turning protein into
carbs is even messier (and is the clinical definition of starvation).
I normally fuel my body with simple carbs from fruit. I feel great
when I do that.
your body runs on sugar and you become insulin resistant..."
You become insulin
resistant from too much fat in the diet, not from
too many carbs (simple carbs). I want him to explain how people
with Type 2 diabetes ("insulin resistant diabetes") who
change their diet to a high simple carb low fat diet are able to
get off diabetes meds and have stable blood sugar levels in the
proper range. This very compelling evidence flies in the face of
what he is saying.
And to say that
"running your body on ketones is much more efficient for
the brain" is simply ludicrous. I can't tell if he is so
miseducated that he honestly believes this, or if he is pandering
to people because he knows it's what they want to hear (making him
a much more popular chiropractor than those who promote a truly
healthy diet that is unfortunately low in fat). Yes, you can lose
weight with a "keto" diet, but you can also lose your
health over time because you're not eating the diet humans are designed
me or the author of the above statements. Do your due diligence,
and do it applying the ethos of science: open questioning, no authorities,
no biases or personal preferences, honesty, transparency, and reliance
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