You can’t pass a magazine stand, flip on the TV, or walk down a grocery store aisle without being bombarded with promotions for carb and sugar restriction.
What once were simply considered certain types of food are now labeled as the cause of all our problems. Carb has become the new four-letter word and feeding your child sugar is as blasphemous as smoking while pregnant.
Well, I’m done with making sugar and carbs the bad guys.
We Were Born to Eat Carbs
Recent evidence shows that humans have been eating grains far longer than previously thought. Thus, the rhetoric promoted by the paleo community has a cloudy scientific backing.
In essence, we're born to run on carbs. Carbohydrates are the most efficient source of energy that our bodies can consume. Depending on your age, gender, activity level, body shape, and health history, 50 to 75 percent of your daily calorie intake should be coming from carbs.
Not sure which carbs you should be eating? Start here.
When sufficient carbs aren't available, the body responds by burning muscle for fuel. In turn, your metabolism slows, your ability to concentrate lessens, and you potentially enter a state of ketosis (a metabolic process that occurs when the body doesn't have enough glucose for energy. Stored fats are broken down resulting in a buildup of acids called ketones within the body).
Ketosis is the Holy Grail of those in the low-carb community. In reality, excess ketones make your breath smell, make your head ache, and make you feel nauseated. I guess if slimming down is you goal, constant nausea could help with that.