Why You Should Not Be Afraid Of Carbs

These days we are taught to fear carbs – drop carbs to lose weight. The truth is, eating more carbs will give you more energy to do more. 

Sounds incredible right? It’s even more incredible when you know this includes eating whole starchy/carbohydrate foods, e.g. potatoes, rice, fruits, vegetables and beans. 

So, if we take a look at a human body, we are all made up of cells. Everything living is a cell: hair cells, skin cells, muscle cells and brain cells. three-d-1781597_1280They all need carbohydrates to function.

C6H12O6 the formula found in glucose and fructose. Found in pasta, rice and of course, fruits and vegetables. So imagine a human cell and the glucose molecule (C6H12O6 ) side by side. Our cells go through a process called ATP. When you digest something, you’re able to transfer that energy all throughout your body because of ATP. The human cells prefer to use carbs, not protein, not fat, but sugar.

So don’t carbs make us fat? Nope. When you eat fibrous complex carbs (green and most veggies), starchy complex carbs (potatoes, oatmeal, legumes, etc.), and simple (fruit) it’s very hard to. But when you eat refined-high fatty carbohydrates, e.g. pizza, fries, fried chips it happens easier. 

When we store carbohydrates on our body, we don’t have an infinite amount of storage. You can only store about two pounds of glycogen. Which is stored in our muscle and liver. So carbs don’t actually make you fat.

Now, let’s talk about Protein. What really is protein? Protein is all these amino acids that we need as building block for our hair, muscles and skin. Everything we need to rejuvenate our cells. Our body has the ability to create some, while some we need to get from food.

If we could store protein on our body, we would all look like the incredible Hulk. But it doesn’t work the way we are taught to believe. You don’t store protein as protein. So what if we ate an animal? The muscle from an animal should have all the amino acids we need because it already is a muscle. (another animal’s muscle) 

So, if we ate that muscle, we’ll have muscles, right? Not quite because our liver cannot process that much protein all at once. So we are better off getting protein from a variety of natural whole foods, like fruits and vegetables. Not the recycled muscle from an animal.

So, don’t we need fat? We’ll yes, but to an extent. Our brain and organs have a little bit of fat on it to help protect and insulate. So what about the low-carbohydrate diets? E.g. Atkins or high-fat diets. On a low-carb diet you deplete the carbs in your body. The carbs that are purposely created to help fuel your body’s cells to thrive and give all your cells energy to function properly. Essentially you are in a state of sickness when you are no-carb.

The thing about fat is we store an infinite amount of it, e.g. obesity. Fat should come in moderation or in small amounts. Greasy food & high fat food are not best for our bodies, arteries, complexions & the environment. Oil is a processed food & thickens the blood stream blocking the action of insulin by coating all our cells with fat. When choosing to integrate fat into your diet, grab the unprocessed fats like avocado, raw but butter, or tahini. 

We are drawn to high calorie foods for survival, but our toxic food environment is now killing us with high fat foods. Oil has 9 calories per gram is the most addictive legal food additive. 

So why would we eat fat when we want them off our body?

Conclusion:
*Carbs are your best friend and your body will thank you. Eliminate the amount of processed and high-fatty foods from your diet and begin to thrive. Include an abundance of the plants and whole food starchy carbs into your diet.

*Serious updates are needed in global health policy to end the obesity epidemic, which is just a simple issue of ingesting excessive fat molecules. Consumer labels should have a warning on them for any product over 10% fat by percent of calories as a rough rule of thumb to avoid fat poisoning in the general population.

*I use the word “digest” but I mean convert to energy / metabolize. Anaerobic energy pathways also exist. The ATP energy potentials are different for the the amount of carbon atoms in the type of fat, etc.

 


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