Fasting Dec 6, 2018 17:26:24 GMT -5
Post by lolly on Dec 6, 2018 17:26:24 GMT -5
I totally agree. I didn't quote the entire article but it emphasized healthy oils and proteins as well as healthy carbs. The headline just summarized the issue with the term "lo-carbs." It sounds like our forum has a lot of health-minded folks on board, so this is probably not news to many of them. As Max pointed out, a low-glycemic index diet, alone, would probably eliminate millions of deaths from diabetes, cancer, heart disease, etc. but only a fairly small number of people are interested in a pro-active approach to health. As I've gotten older, I've watched countless friends and relatives blow up like balloons, and even after becoming a hundred pounds overweight, they show no interest at all in changing their eating habits. It's rather amazing.
Well, when they say 'carb', they mean starches and sugars, and there is a difference between a potato salad and a can of Pepsi. There's a difference between ripe bananas and a box of M&Ms. This is where the term 'relatively low carbs' probably mainly means less processed sugars, considering the tremendous excess thereof in the modern food environment.
The other factor is, less carbs necessarily means more fats and/protein to make up the calories. IOW the benefits of getting enough protein and fat is the same thing as the benefits of lower carbs.
Finally, it is likely that people who eat lower carbs in terms of less added sugar are more likely to more health conscious on the whole and have healthier lifestyles generally speaking.
In the end, just saying 'low carbs' is vague to the point of being misleading, and it is far better to discuss the balanced distribution of protein, fat and carbs to make one's daily calorie needs.
It's the cultural normalisation of poor nutrition within consumer society. For most animals, a glut in food supply results in population boom, which it has for human beings, but natural food supply is nutrient dense and low calorie, so animals dont become obese. Our modern food glut is high calorie/low nutrient food supply, so the human population boom also became an obesity boom with the advent of highly processes food. Now that's the norm where the food environment has whole supermarket isles dedicated to pop, another just for confectionary, another just for chips and dips, another for mostly sugary cereal, then frozen pizza and deserts etc. Any animal species released into our food environment would become densely populated, fat and sickly.