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 lately, you'd think we finally discovered
that we're supposed to eat low carbs and high protein. Wow, it took
us until 2004 A.D. to figure it out! Well, everything you're seeing
on TV 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.
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.
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 probably have? Good for
your health; bad for health; or 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. 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.
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)? If nutritionists
are confused about nutrition, how can you, the consumer, expect
to get truthful nutritional information?
I know about nutrition, I am appalled by what I see on TV. 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
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.
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
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).
So take a class,
buy some books (that can't be found in stores like Barnes &
Noble), and for your sake, think for yourself. And thank heavens
for the Internet; use it before it becomes controlled, and all the
truthful information regarding harmful foods disappears forever.
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
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
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. But this water fast I'm on has me fueling my body
with (stored) fat, and I do not feel as good, and for good reason.
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 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).
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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