Are too many carbs in your diet hurting you?
It is hard to see the forest for the trees when you are smack dab in the middle of the forest. I’m pretty sure that is what has been happening to us in our food world. We only know what we see, and what we see these days is not very similar to the way our grandparents ate, not to mention how humans ate for tens of thousands of years before this.
Most of us can agree that junk food is a problem—the chips, cookies, cakes, etc. that we are inundated with are wreaking havoc on our bodies. Junk food is killing us, and it breaks my heart.
When we venture beyond obviously unhealthy foods, there is much controversy over how we should eat. Fortunately, the science is actually quite clear. Most of us have too many carbohydrates in our diets. Our bodies weren’t built to eat as many carbs as we do.
But we want to eat them because they are yummy. And because it’s normal. Many of us perceive a meal without a solid base of carbs to be lacking: Breakfast without toast or cereal? No way. Lunch without bread? Hah! Dinner without rice or pasta or potatoes? Don’t be silly.
That’s the forest we are stuck in. We can’t see beyond what is right in front of us.
The problem with carbs is not necessarily caused by the carb itself. The problem is that most of us just plain eat too much, and our bodies are designed to store extra calories as fat.
Storage of calories occurs when we eat more than we need and also when we eat carbs. This is because the major carb we eat is the molecule glucose. Glucose causes us to produce insulin, which is the “storage hormone”. The more glucose we eat, the more we store our calories.
Interestingly, this doesn’t happen with fat: when you eat fat, you don’t produce insulin. Sadly, poor quality science and industry influence have caused us to spend decades thinking that fat makes us fat. Thankfully, this is changing now.
So, what is one thing you can do to begin your journey back to health? Start at your next meal. Identify what is carb and what is fat and what is protein. Do you know what’s what? If not, do some research, ask questions and become educated. We are here to help!
Christine Smith, Health Consultant & Life Coach