Sugar Isn't The Problem. You're The Problem.
I'm in a bad mood. Hell, I'm downright pissed right now. I can't take the carbohydrate hatred anymore. I'm making a bold statement.
NO ONE IS BORN INTOLERANT TO CARBOHYDRATE. CARBOHYDRATE IS NEVER THE PROBLEM. YOU'RE THE PROBLEM!
I do not believe Type II Diabetes is caused by carbohydrate. At all.
Fructose isn't poisonous. You aren't going to die by eating natural sources of fructose. Do you want fruit? Then eat a piece of fruit.
Very low carbohydrate diets are counterproductive for virtually everyone. Where did this '50g of carbohydrate' number come from? It doesn't exist. How can you call yourself Primal and then adhere to an arbitrary number? Do you think Grok knew how many carbohydrates were in an apple, and how much of that sugar was evil, poisonous fructose? Puh-leez.
So what's causing all the diseases of society? In my opinion, hormonal imbalance caused mainly by - FAT!
I believe that the biggest killer of society is fat. Oh, but not all fat. Most fats are absolutely essential and healthy. It's omega 6 polyunsaturated fat causing nearly all of our diseases. It's worse for you than sugar. It's worse for you than grains. It's even worse for you than *gasp* gluten. Next time you're at a bar and remove the bun from your burger but eat those chicken wings deep fried in soybean oil, maybe you're actually eating the greater of two evils (minus the celiacs, of course!).
Here's what I believe are the primary causes of Type II Diabetes:
1.) Soy. Absolutely soy. Soy is the worst thing to ever happen to the world. I'll explain why later.
2.) Omega 6 polyunsaturated fat. All of them.
3.) Toxin accumulation from all sources - grains, legumes and to a lesser extent, nuts.
4.) Snacking. There is a huge difference between eating 300g of carbs in one or two sittings and eating that in 5 to 6 sittings. Spiking blood glucose isn't necessarily unhealthy, but chronically elevated blood glucose from constant snacking is extremely unhealthy and will lead to insulin resistance. Again, it's not the fault of the carbohydrate, it's YOUR fault for treating your mouth like a vacuum.
I believe that these diseases of society - heart attack, Type II Diabetes, stroke, cancer, etc - build up from chronic inflammation and chronic hormonal imbalance. In my opinion, it comes down to three big players:
1.) Chronic systemic inflammation
2.) Elevated estrogen/suppressed testosterone
3.) Elevated cortisol
Soy elevates levels of estrogen through the roof, is highly inflammatory and elevates cortisol. This causes everything from insulin resistance to breast/ovarian cancer to man boobs to the phenomenon of 13 year old girls looking like 19 year olds to male pattern baldness. It is worse for you than wheat. Stay the hell away from soy.
Omega 6 polyunsaturated fats leave you in a constant state of inflammation. They are essential, yes, but should be limited to less than 3g a day. TOTAL.
These things, along with chronic stress from every day life, leave cortisol levels constantly elevated. Cortisol is the stress hormone, and when it is elevated, it is destroying your body. This will make you hold onto fat, it will make your hair fall out, it will ruin your mood and destroy your sex drive.
Notice how sugar is not on my list of "evil" things. I'm going to make a bold statement. Sugar is the ultimate test for your metabolic health. WHAT? What does that MEAN? Exactly that - if you can process a high level of sugar without crashing, you're probably in great metabolic health. I'm going to create something right now. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you:
The Sugar Test
Consume 100g of isolated sucrose.
That's it. That's the sugar test. Ah, but it's not that easy! You must also consume the sugar in the presence of very little fat. We don't want to blunt the insulin response. We want a big reaction. In addition, we want to do it on a day we've been pretty sedentary. Anyone can handle 100g of sugar after a deadlift session. Yesterday was my deadlift day and I ate 300g of carbohydrate immediately post workout. I had so much energy I couldn't fall asleep til 1am, so don't even think of doing it after coming home from the gym. No, I want you to sit on your ass in the office all day, come home and eat an entire pint of Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia frozen yogurt (because it's delicious, loaded with sugar, has no wheat or soy outside of lechithin, is very low fat and has next to no fiber - it's a pure sugar rush). If you don't have a sugar crash, you have a healthy metabolism! If you crash, you have some work ahead of you - and be aware that the lower you drop your carbs, the worse you will handle carbs. I recommend cycling your carbs - eat a day under 100g, then a day in the 200-300g range. You'll average around 150g, which is still very low per American standards, but it's plenty to keep your liver partially replete with glycogen at all times and therefore in a constant state of insulin sensitivity. LOW CARBOHYDRATE DIETS MAKE YOU INSULIN RESISTANT!!! Eating like this is the ultimate compromise - you are an efficient fat burner and an insulin-sensitive sugar burner. Metabolic flexibility for the win!
Now, this is not an endorsement to eat sugar by the boatload. Processed sucrose is still junk, and don't even get me started on the poisons of isolated fructose and garbage like agave syrup and boiled honey. The problem is when people start a war against whole fruit, raw honey, organic maple syrup and blackstrap molasses and label them as poison. I wouldn't recommend raw honey, organic maple syrup and blackstrap molasses be used liberally, but they're not poisonous, and there is just no reason at all to avoid whole fruit as long as it fits into your daily caloric intake. It's not going to hurt you. Whole fructose, sucrose and starch, paired with all the natural enzymes and minerals that come with it, isn't unhealthy assuming you aren't constantly overeating your caloric needs, you haven't destroyed your metabolism with inflammatory fats/phytoestrogens/laboratory chemicals/snacking and you aren't eating artificial sweeteners/other laboratory chemical "foods".
There may be a lot of you that instantly dismiss this. Consider this: it takes up to four years to remove excess omega 6 polyunsaturated fat from your system. If you're coming from the SAD eating high levels of omega 6 and now you're eating high levels of saturated fats, moderate levels of monounsaturated fats and low levels of omega 6, it will take up to four years to reconstruct your cell tissues to reflect this dietary change. That means you could be a staunch Primal veteran for the past two or three years and still be experiencing effects of high levels of PUFA's being expelled from your tissues to this day, impacting your ability to metabolize carbohydrate properly. Don't dismiss this. This is my challenge to you. Will you pass the sugar test?
Last edited by ChocoTaco369; 02-07-2012 at 12:31 PM.
Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.