This is...somewhat true-ish, but also wrong at its core.
Originally Posted by jimhensen
Combining carbs and fats is among the most effective ways of gaining weight. Similar to drinking alcohol and consuming fat, when you eat carbohydrate, fat metabolism is put on hold. That means it's easier for your body to store fats in the presence of substantial carbs. Anyone that tells you 1,000 calories of pasta = 1,000 calories of steak is delusional. Carbs are a raw energy source with no essential need in the body. Fats are used to repair cells, DNA and are absolutely essential in the life processes of the body, so people can often get away with eating more "fat calories" without seeing fat gain than by eating the same amount of "carbohydrate calories". A good example would be to eat 2,000 calories of burgers and beer for a month, then eat 2,000 calories of salmon and broccoli for a month. They're the same 2,000 calories, but they'll have a profoundly different effect on body composition.
The issue is that carbs are not inherently unhealthy. It's not about spiking your blood sugar - it's about how often you spike your blood sugar significantly. Diabetes and insulin issues are caused by having constantly high levels of insulin. Eating 300g of carbs in a day isn't as much of an issue if you eat them all in two meals. You're only raising your blood sugar around 6 hours in a 24 hour day. Spread that into 3 squares, a 10:00am coffee break, a 2:00pm pick-me-up Coke and a bedtime snack and now you've had elevated blood sugar for 75% of the day. Teach your child not to snack to keep sugar levels stable and the kid will be able to get away with a few non-Primal meals each week without ruining their health. Regular blood sugar spikes are healthy, anyway, and there is no such thing as a human diet in terms of macronutrients. Chronically low-carbing your kid is a great way to promote insulin resistance, and I would include starch in one of his meals every day. Kids eat crap for every single meal, so if they're having 2 or 3 lousy meals a week, they'll recover. As long as he's not gluten-intolerant anyway. I wouldn't worry about anti-nutrients. Phytic acid is actually an anti-oxidant and can be beneficial in the civilized world in small quantities, anyway, so don't worry about that one. There's hardly any phytic acid in white bread, anyway.
Last edited by ChocoTaco369; 12-20-2011 at 06:36 AM.
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