Carbs are killing you

Hear me out with this infographic.  I am NOT suggesting you cut out your vegetables or even your fruits.  (I am not even suggesting you limit most of them!)  I am not suggesting you eat half a cow a day nor do I honestly believe unlimited bacon and cheese is particularly healthy for anyone. (Having said that,  if it is raw milk cheese coming from grass fed cows, goats or sheep and bacon from pigs that are allowed to forage, not fed on grain and the meat not treated with nitrates can be part of a healthy eating plan and can actually have a positive effect on metabolism.) I am not in love or even infatuated with The Atkins Diet and really thought hard about posting the infographic because of the reference made to it’s metabolic effects.

As I said in yesterday’s post The Whole Grain Myth:: An Insulin Nightmare, the body’s preferred fuel IS, in fact, glucose, so cutting out nutrient dense vegetables and, even worse, fruit, is cutting out an entire macronutrient.  The problem is, instead of getting our glucose from fruits and vegetables we are getting the majority of our glucose from starchy carbohydrates, namely grains and those grains convert directly to glucose and, much of the time, those grains, especially when in the presence of other sugar (cakes, cookies, pastries) and polyunsaturated fats (those prevent glucose from entering the cells), which is just pouring more glucose into the system and setting off all kinds of insulin spikes because the glucose can’t even get into the cell to create energy.  It’s enough to send you screaming down the hall……..straight to the refrigerator…..right??

I decided to post this because, overall, it is a pretty good infographic about HOW eating certain carbs  (namely STARCH) cause you to gain weight.  I won’t beat a dead horse and remind you that the super gluten and anti-nutrients present in grains cause all kinds of havoc on your immune system, adrenals, liver, and pretty much every other system in your body.  Oh…. well, maybe a few kicks more.

Which of these pictures actually LOOK happier and healthier to you?

nutrient dense



nutrient poor diet

Although the infographic doesn’t go deep enough as to dealing with why (certain) fats aren’t the enemy, I am not terribly bothered because you know, at some point, in the very near future, I will.  And oh will I ever!  Until then, understand me.  I am NOT telling you to cut carbs, per se.  Eat your veggies, your fruit, drink your orange juice (with a pinch of salt and maybe some gelatin for good measure).

If you feel the need to ingest grains, try quinoa (rinsed), or buckwheat (roasted), or even oats soaked overnight in a little milk (and not nut milk either) or lemon juice.  If you don’t do dairy, you could try a little whey (which should not aggravate lactose intolerance) or just water with a little lemon juice or apple cider vinegar.


7 replies
  1. mail4rosey
    mail4rosey says:

    You always do such a good job with your writing and explanations that I often think you should write too for a magazine. Maybe you already do… if not, I bet your take on such matters would be welcome.

  2. Sam M. | Atkinson Drive
    Sam M. | Atkinson Drive says:

    My husband and I just started the Atkins diet a little less than two weeks ago. I’ve lost approximately 10 pounds, and he’s lost 17! It’s incredible, and when you really think about the science of it all it makes sense!

    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      I’m not a huge fan of Atkins per se but I do believe cutting out grains, beans and other starches (save for beetroot and the odd potato) will help you drop weight.

    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      I don’t think it’s wise to think about how often you SHOULD be eating them. I think the best question would be do you need them. ALL grains have oxalic acid (though this is the least of your worries as the other anti nutrients are worse!) but Quinoa is specifically a grass, not a grain. When I want something grainy I either prefer white rice or a little quinoa but I don’t stock my kitchen with tons of it nor do I think of it as a real superfood any longer, especially when fighting gut issues. NONE of these “grains” and pseudo grains are necessary for health more like when you are in the healing phase if you MUST have a grainy treat then these can be eaten.

  3. nell
    nell says:

    u aksed about which pic seems happier?well,ofcourse that salad thing BUT I dont feel like eating any salad specialy during the cold weather n i think only salads n greens seem so so boring n without any joy ,.well,maybe thats how much i know about a healthy eating system though its like this.i dont feel like munching anything raw or cold !


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