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The Truth About Carbohydrates

Not all Carbs are Created Equal

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7/16/2017 9:45:41 AM

MSBOOTCAMP's SparkPage
How could this company leave up an ILL-INFORMED article like this, dating from 2006??? Something really is not right.
LUNANIEVE
6/2/2017 12:33:10 AM

I'm a Type 2 Diabetic since 2014. I have never eaten a low carb diet. Some days my carbs are lower around 120-150 and some days they are in the 200's +. My blood sugar levels are great. My A1C ranges from 5.4 to 5.9. I get all my carbs from fruits and veggies and whole grains. But I still believe that every BODY is different and we all respond to different things. Our bodies are similar, but not the same and I think as long as a person is healthy and happy then they should do whatever suits them and their needs.
6/1/2017 3:45:00 PM

MRSMCSKINNY's SparkPage
Well I got on here to leave a scathing retort, but it looks like everyone else has said what I would have said. Thanks guys! Please, SPARKPEOPLE take this gruesomely inaccurate article off SP!
6/1/2017 2:03:23 PM

GIPPER1961's SparkPage
I get it Becky doesn't like low carb diets. Her dire warnings about them though are science fiction not science. A lot of serious scientific research is being done that finds nothing of the sort. Real food is the ticket whether high low or moderate carb in my opinion
6/1/2017 8:10:22 AM

AOLSON80's SparkPage
What a bunch of bologna. Eat 2-4 servings of fruit and 6-11 servings of grain a day?? What on earth are these recommendations based on? The original high carb low fat diet that has been preached to us for the last 30 plus years was based on a flawed study that some Washington politician decided to run with. More and more Drs are prescribing low carb, high fat diets to patients to help them lose weight, eliminate Diabetes symptoms, etc, and the culprit in most types of heart disease is inflammation, which is caused by carbs, not fat. This article needs to be updated or taken down.

Oh, and the idea that you are going to have such low energy that you might just collapse at work is a myth, too. It's true that when many people start a low carb diet, they may have some side effects while their bodies make the switch...but those side effects, including fatigue, only last for a day or two. As far as athletic performance, there are many athletes who choose low-carb, the most obvious of which being body builders, who use ketosis to lower their body fat percentages and show off their muscles.

Ugh. This article really stinks, and is so misleading. This nutritional advice is the reason I was fat all throughout my teens and 20s.
6/1/2017 8:07:46 AM

AOLSON80's SparkPage
What a bunch of bologna. Eat 2-4 servings of fruit and 6-11 servings of grain a day?? What on earth are these recommendations based on? The original high carb low fat diet that has been preached to us for the last 30 plus years was based on a flawed study that some Washington politician decided to run with. More and more Drs are prescribing low carb, high fat diets to patients to help them lose weight, eliminate Diabetes symptoms, etc, and the culprit in most types of heart disease is inflammation, which is caused by carbs, not fat. This article needs to be updated or taken down.

Oh, and the idea that you are going to have such low energy that you might just collapse at work is a myth, too. It's true that when many people start a low carb diet, they may have some side effects while their bodies make the switch...but those side effects, including fatigue, only last for a day or two. As far as athletic performance, there are many athletes who choose low-carb, the most obvious of which being body builders, who use ketosis to lower their body fat percentages and show off their muscles.

Ugh. This article really stinks, and is so misleading.
6/1/2017 7:02:08 AM

NURSADRN's SparkPage
Major hospitals are using very low carb diets as a very effective way to lose weight. Old-school anatomy taught the brain could only burn carbs, which is now known to be untrue. Think- a forced fast of a week would more than use up carb stores. The brain also uses ketones (from breaking down fat), medium chain fatty acids, and lactate. Don't take my word for it. Read something scientific and be critical. None of these articles are showing us their current literature.
6/1/2017 7:00:32 AM

LADYSTENO's SparkPage
Not a good article. Conflicts with itself at the end. Please update or remove.
METAMORPH2010
1/6/2017 10:32:51 PM

Ah, there are RDs out there who preach a low-carb diet:
https://authoritynutrition.com/11-paleo-
low-carb-registered-dietitians-with-bl
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METAMORPH2010
1/6/2017 10:25:28 PM

Wow! So much inaccurate information in this article. As others have said, outdated.I don't have the time or energy to go through point by point disputing the facts except to say that basic human biology backed up by recent research has clearly shown that humans do not need to consume carbs at all in order to survive.

However, non-starchy vegetables are certainly beneficial, and it's unfortunate that a "low starch" diet is generally referred to as a "low carb" diet. Non-starchy vegetables are not only acceptable on most low carb diets but critical. You just can't eat that much meat! The less stringent low starch diets include fruit (especially berries) and legumes, all of which have significant amounts of fibre and relatively low net carbs. Just skip the breads, pastas, grains, potatoes, and of course the sugary stuff.

While grains and starchy vegetables are healthy and enjoyable foods for many people, for many others they spike appetite and increase obesity. (I don't think anybody would disagree that sugary foods just aren't good. Period. Maybe as a rare treat for those whose bodies can handle the glucose spikes.)

If Gary Taubes and Nina Teicholz are too inflammatory and biased for anybody reading this, check out Drs. Jason Fung, Peter Attia, Stephen Phinney, Jeff Volek (PhD, not MD), Eric Westman, Arthur Agatston, and Barbara Berkley, among many others. Don't rely on RDs who have to toe the line and keep the status quo -- or perhaps I'm not giving Becky Hand the benefit of the doubt, as this is an old article, in which case SparkPeople needs to remove it, update it, or at least put a disclaimer on it.
1/2/2017 3:35:22 PM

CELTICLASSINLA's SparkPage
Very very dated article but with updating would be useful to many. How about it, SP
12/11/2016 2:16:34 PM

WANDERINGCUPPA's SparkPage
Oh boy...agree, clearly this author needs some refresher information. This article appears to be at least 10 years old. Come on SparkPeople, time to update with more recent nutritional information!!! This article should be removed!
8/12/2016 1:43:44 AM

BERRY4's SparkPage
Clearly the author of this article has NOT tried what is presented as "unhealthy". I exercise every day without eating anything before noon (have been doing this for approx. 2 months) and there is NO lack of energy... no headaches... no inability to perform and I am fully able to complete my required tasks.

And the good news is that it is the first time in several years that I've been able to drop pounds. -- Just because the "establishment" has always done it a certain way, doesn't mean a different way can't work for those of us that need a different path.

If everything I eat raises both blood sugars & insulin, then NOT eating can assist the body in readjusting to actually burning fat instead of what is eaten. And go figure, dietary FAT causes the least insulin response. If high insulin in the blood stream (insulin resistance) causes weight gain, then it stands to reason that limiting what causes high insulin should in fact help my body drop the weight.

Don't knock it if you haven't tried it!
ANGELFUN3
8/4/2016 7:50:28 AM

I find it difficult to eat as much as suggested in Rule 1. I have never had that much of an appetite. I already condone to Rule 2 and Rule 3. Striving for better maintenance. Thought it was a great article though!
6/30/2016 4:40:55 PM

PROVERBS31JULIA's SparkPage
Wish I had read the comments years ago - I'm just now learning about the low carb high fat medium protein way of life. I've just read from several doctors - not dieticians or therapists or counselors - but regular Medical Doctors (MD) that Carbohydrates are NOT an essential part of the body's nutritional needs. The natural body in perfect state only contains about 5 mg of carbohydrates. The low carb diet with higher good fats and a medium protein - the body will produce the carbohydrate it needs from some of the protein - but not so much as to damage the other systems that also need proteins. For some of the people who have already posted such excellent comments, I'm merely preaching to the choir and learning how to actually implement this way into my life. But I could see changes when I stay on this path.

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