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Read This Before Starting a Low-Carb Diet


9/9/2017 9:37:47 AM

NANCYPAT1's SparkPage
Great information
9/9/2017 3:49:52 AM

Great article!!!
9/8/2017 9:10:14 PM

ANHELIC's SparkPage
Great amount of information. I really learned some new things.
9/8/2017 11:16:02 AM

JVANAM's SparkPage
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9/7/2017 9:49:19 AM

Absolutely great
9/7/2017 7:09:56 AM

Being diabetic, I am cautious with my carb intake
9/7/2017 12:12:20 AM

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9/7/2017 12:11:04 AM

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9/6/2017 4:50:39 PM

ROBBIEY's SparkPage
I love carbs in moderation.
9/6/2017 12:02:48 PM

How unfortunate SparkPeople chose to publish this article as part of a weekly newsletter. It's full of half-truths and downright lies.

The author states, "When there is a severe deficit of carbohydrates, the body has several immediate reactions, one of which is that it starts using protein as a fuel source. Ketones, a by-product of incomplete fat breakdown, begin to accumulate in the blood. As a result, there is a loss of energy, as well as nausea, headaches, bad breath, dehydration and constipation. Long term usage can bring about nutrient deficiencies, malnutrition and increased risk for certain diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, cancers, diabetes, gout and kidney stones."

Unfortunately, they also don't let readers know the loss of energy, nausea, headaches, etc are a totally temporary condition known as "low carb flu" that occurs when an individual makes the big switch and cuts down carbs. This is due to the body starting to use fat for energy and not excess sugars in the body. It can be avoided by ensuring enough salt and fluids in the diet during the first couple weeks. And there is absolutely NO research supporting there are nutrition deficiencies, heart disease, cancers, etc. As a matter of fact, a high-fat, low carb diet can actually radically improve Type II diabetes, help prevent cancers and reverse the progression of metabolic syndrome. How is it possible this organization allowed this article where the author obviously made up their own "facts"?

9/6/2017 12:02:46 PM

1CRAZYDOG's SparkPage
Good review for me about carbs.
9/6/2017 11:10:13 AM

Thanks for the info
9/6/2017 11:04:15 AM

I'm glad to see some people faulting the parts of this article which are not supported by medical evidence. Doctors put their patients on lower carb diets for a purpose and it isn't because they are bad doctors. Prescribing diets is legally their responsibility.
9/6/2017 7:13:37 AM

Yeah! This is what we all need to know. There are 3 types of carbs: starch (complex carbohydrates), sugars (simple carbohydrates), and FIBER! Good job of explaining each of their roles in the body!
9/6/2017 5:28:22 AM

Very helpful information...wish I would have known this years ago

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