Carbohydrates

So today the BBC released an article titled:

Now, a few years ago, my first thought would have been to click on the article to read which ones I should cut out, not actually knowing the reason why they were so bad, and then to go around telling people that they are eating bad foods.
However, when I read the title of this article today, the first this I did was roll my eyes and say ‘the carb demons are back’.
Now who can say no to that bowl of pasta right there?!

Let me just get one thing straight with you…Carbs are not the enemy here, you need carbohydrates to survive and live your normal life. And let’s face it, who would in their right mind give up pasta without a valid reason?!



 Starch and sugar being broken down into glucose is how your body functions and gets the energy it needs. Yes if you have too much it will store it in the fat cells, but then when you start moving again it will use up the stores. Humans back hundreds of years ago didn’t have access to the amount of food that we do now, so their bodies would store as much glucose and fat as they could manage, so that when they couldn't salvage food for a few days, then they would still be able to survive. 

This list below is the 'recommended' foods that you should cut out to be healthy. My main problem with this is the fact that they have suggested cutting out brown bread... Brown bread is full of fibre and helps gives you sustainable energy for the day. It is in no way a food you should 'cut out'. No foods should be cut from your diet, unless recommended for health reasons by a medical professional or a registered nutritionist. 
Also, humans are not very good when it comes to restriction. Try cutting out a whole food group from your diet, you will soon find that it will be the only thing you want to eat!

I have a problem with this section of the article. Yes they have highlighted that their experiment was carried out on people with type 2 diabetes and cutting carbs from their diet can really benefit them, as a lot of studies have discovered through the use of the ketogenic diet.
However, a lot of people will read this and see:

‘Six out of seven lost half a stone or more’

so will automatically assume that’s how you lose half a stone. I will agree slightly and say that if you do eat 4 slices of white toast and a massive portion of pasta every single day (nothing wrong with them just focus on balance) then you will benefit from cutting back a little bit and going for a more vegetable based diet. But everyone is different and there is no one size fits all diet. 
A lot of people can eat a massive portion of carbs with every meal and feel good and energised.
The message I will never stop saying is, everyone is different, take all of the news stories with a pinch of salt and if you have any concerns about your weight or diet then get in touch with a qualified nutritionist who follows evidence based advice.

References:
Ben-For M, Gopher A, Hershkovitz I and Barkai R (2011) 'Man the fat hunter: The demise of homo Erectus and the emergence of a new hominid lineage in the middle Pleistocene', PLOS One, 6(12) e28689. 

Clifton P, Carter S, Headland M and Keogh J (2015) 'Low carbohydrate and ketogenic diets in type 2 diabetes', Wolters Kluwer Health, 26(6), pp. 594-595. 

Krolak M, Jezewska-Zychowicz M, Sajdakowska M and Gebski J (2017) 'Does perception of dietary fiber mediate the impact of nutrition knowledge on eating finer rich bread?', Department of organisation and consumption economics, Warsaw University of life sciences, 9(11), pp. 1255.

Wong JMW and Jenkins DJA (2007) 'Carbohydrate digestibility and metabolic effects', The journal of nutrition, 137(11), pp 2539S-2546S. 




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