Carbohydrate Mythology

Carbohydrate Mythology

Carbohydrates seem to be the new ‘evil’ of the nutrition world. Not too long ago, fat was the thought of as a nutritional villain and led to an influx of fat-free foods loaded with msg, sugar, and additives. Ironically, this caused many people to get… fat. Now, of course, we know that fat is not what causes weight gain, sugar does.

Gaining popularity now are diets that limit carbohydrates, especially from processed foods, like The Caveman Diet and the Keto Diet. These kinds of eating plans focus more on healthier foods such as grass-fed beef, wild caught fish, nuts, berries, fruits, and vegetables.

The questions arise, though, is this just another fad? Is low-carb the way to go if you want to be healthy? Let’s take a look at some carbohydrate myths you may have fallen for, and reveal the truth behind the lie.

Myth #1: All Carbohydrates Are Equal

Simple carbohydrates are sugars. They are broken down quickly in your body, so fast that they often are stored as fat for energy. Complex carbohydrates are starches. They take a long time to process and do not lead to excessive fat buildup. Complex carbohydrates are great for your body, simple carbs are not, and all carbohydrates are not created equal.

Myth #2 A Low-Carb Diet Is Right for Everyone

No two human beings are even remotely similar. Your internal processes, millions of them, are entirely different than all of the other 7 billion people roaming the planet. Low-carb diets have proven to be incredibly healthy for a significant number of individuals. That said, what works for one person may not work for you.

Myth #3: You Will Always Lose Weight on a Low-Carb Diet

This simply isn’t true. There are plenty of low-carb foods that can be fattening, especially if you consume too many calories. No matter what you eat, if you consume more calories than you burn on a daily basis, you will gain weight.

Myth #4: Eating Low Carb Means Eating More Unhealthy Saturated Fat

We now know, after literally decades of anti-fat propaganda, that saturated fat is basically harmless. You don’t have to avoid healthy fats like coconut oil. Fat cuts of meat are okay to eat as well. So are fatty fish like salmon, rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Just because we know that saturated fat is not the villain it has been made out to be doesn’t mean you should run out and consume 50 grams of fat every day, however.

Myth #5: You Don’t Need Dietary Fiber As Long As You Cut Down on Carbohydrates

Dietary fiber is essential to human health. Soluble fiber can lead to health benefits such as improved cholesterol levels and weight loss. Unfortunately, a lot of carb-rich foods are also high in healthy fiber. This is why it may be a good idea to add Skinny Fiber or some other fiber supplement to your diet if you are cutting back on the carbs.

Till Next Time,

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~ Carrie

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