Are Carbohydrates Necessary For Life? FAQs About Low-Carb Diets

After a tumultuous vegan era, much scientific research and self-experimentation, I have adopted a low-carbohydrate, low-sugar (apart from the occasional cookie) diet. I stay away from grains, rice, starches, fruit juices, sweets, and processed foods, but eat animal foods, veggies, fat, and not-too-sweet fruits galore.

I get questioned about my low-carb lifestyle by readers, friends, or people who barely know me but think it’s weird that I am melting butter into my coffee (especially waiters, it’s always the waiters).

The questions go something like this: “But where do you get your fiber?” “Doesn’t your brain need sugar for energy?” “Won’t you develop nutritional deficiencies?” “So you are saying the Food Pyramid is wrong?”
Or, summed up: “Aren’t carbohydrates necessary for life?”

And in case you were also wondering, here are my answers!

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How the Media Misleads the Masses: ‘High-Fat’ Diets and Cancer

Observational studies linking diet to illnesses are, at best, flawed. Usually, an observational study works this way: a sample group of people are asked to fill out a questionnaire which prompts them to remember what they have eaten and in what quantities over a past arbitrary time period. (This is usually filled with memory mistakes- try and precisely tell me how many 3.5-ounce serving of lean red meat you have had over the past 30 days)
Then, researchers let some time go buy (it could be years) and observe who of these people develop the disease they are interested in. They then try to find a correlation between what these people reported as their diet a few years back, and the illness they developed.

It is very difficult to isolate single variables (for example, if you find that people who ate 20+ servings of red meat per month have a 7% increase in atherosclerosis, how can you be certain that the red meat is causing it and not the carbohydrates, alcohol, or poor exercise regime which usually accompany it?)

May I introduce the second most common type of research which tries to inform us on the way humans work: mouse-model studies!

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Omega-3’s, Omega-6’s: A Balancing Act

My late uncle, Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, was the author of a book called Anticancer. In its pages, he spoke at length about the importance of omega-3 fatty acids in our diet. This post explores why they are so important, and how they can help you.0d0f4d61a0616cca3233e68c45abca70

Both omega-3’s and omega-6’s (also called PUFA (polyunsaturated fatty acids), or n-3 and n-6 fatty acids), are essential to our body. They control gene function, regulate our immune system, impact the speed and efficacy of our metabolism, and are a vital component of the cell membranes that cover every single one of the 100 trillion cells in our body.

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Reversing Type 2 Diabetes and Why Rice Cakes Are Evil

Whether you are pre-diabetic, or are suffering from Type 2 Diabetes, it is possible to reverse the symptoms and heal your body through food.. Because food is what got you there in the first place. I am hoping through this article to add to Mark’s Daily apple summary (see the first link below). So print out all this, and as Mark says, give it to your aunt! It is a comprehensive actionable summary, that anyone can start right now to stop or prevent ever becoming insulin-dependent (by the way, you will also loose weight).

Here we go. This is one of my favourite articles by one of my favourite bloggers, Mark Sisson, which sums up the Type II Diabetes issue quite well – read it before continuing, it explains the biochemical mechanisms behind this all: Mark’s Daily Apple

So, what to do in order to reverse the dangerous path towards T2D?

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Michael Pollan’s Food Rules

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Michael Pollan is the writer who brought us the answer to nutrition, the universe, and everything:
EAT FOOD. NOT TOO MUCH. MOSTLY PLANTS.

“Nutrition Science, which after all only got started less than two hundred years ago, is today approximately where surgery was in the year 1650 – very promising, and very interesting to watch, but are you ready to let them operate on you?”

The following are the two facts that Pollan makes out to be undeniable, undisputable rules.

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