We don't know that at all. Plenty of hunter gatherer societies eat high carbohydrate diets with limited fat and are perfectly healthy.
Originally Posted by kTerminator
Fake foods are bad - flours, sugars, processed grains, legumes, diet drinks, etc. There is zero evidence that sweet potatoes are any less healthy than steak.
Learning From the Kitavans
It seems to work for the Kitavans.
The Kitavans is a hunter-gatherer/semi-agriculturalist population whose members eat a diet composed of a whopping 70% of calories from carbs, only 20% from fat, and the remaining 10% from protein.
Yet with this high carb diet, the Kitavans are exhibiting the absence of obesity and disease that we associate with our standard paleo template which typically prescribes a diet much lower in carbs, much higher in fat, and higher in protein than the Kitavans' standard fare.
Nothing wrong with eating bananas, sweet potatoes, potatoes, cassava, jicama and other starchy, low fat REAL foods. Wheat flour? Corn? Oatmeal? Frosted Flakes? Not so much. 60% calories from sweet potatoes and bananas? Sounds good to me! 60% calories from bread, cereal, white sugar, HFCS and oatmeal (like the SAD)? Now you're going to have problems. It's not the carbs, it's the individual "food" choices.
Last edited by ChocoTaco369; 05-18-2012 at 07:10 AM.
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