Does primal/paleo eating have to be low carb?
I eat quite low carb (100g or so/day) but I am starting to starting to soften on my carb position. I might experiment increasing my carb intake a little from tubers and see how I feel. I do think I feel better with a higher level of carbs in my diet and going too low affects my resistance training. Maybe I'm just not eating enough calories........
I don't think they are necessarily bad by themselves anymore. Granted the source is very important and the less refined the better obviously. Assuming that a person is healthy and doesn't have metabolic issues and is eating a lot of carbohydrate from plants and tubers (like the kitavans) acceptable in the absence of physical activity or should it be relative to exercise level? Do you think high primal/paleo carbohydrate consumption in a healthy protective diet and lifestyle is acceptable?
Is too many carbs in the presence of inflammation etc what is bad? Or is it just the SAD that's bad? Some traditional societies would have eaten a fair amount of carbs. Is there a upper limit where even primal carbs become detrimental? I've been reading stuff from wholehealthsource and some studies and get the impression that even just a moderate reduction of carbs can have benefits. Gary Taubes even says you should go low carb until you improve metabolic issues etc related to refined carb consumption and then increase healthy carb intake after to see if you can tolerate them.
Historically would some paleo people have had access to a lot of carb foods all year round? Not in terms of evolution millions of years ago, but lets say in the last 100,000 years or so. Is there genetic variance in carb tolerance? E.g Europeans would generally be more fat adapted and people from tropical regions can tolerate a higher percentage of carbs?
I'm open minded so would like to know what people think. I still think fats are great by the way and will still get the majority of my calories from them. P.S I didn't go low carb to lose weight or because of health problems.
Last edited by muaythaimike; 07-07-2010 at 03:52 AM.
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