Despite the overwhelming evidence that low-carbohydrate eating is not beneficial, low-carb diets manage to resurrect themselves under different names and on the pages of new books—some desperately declaring new benefits. Whether the scheme is to eat like a caveman, avoid wheat, or eat lots of meat as dictated by your blood type, chances are the unfortunate result is a diet touting high intakes of animal products. The problems with high intakes of animal products are many.
- Most notably, high intakes of saturated fat, most readily found in meat and dairy products and eggs, are associated with increased risk for heart disease.
- Because carbohydrates are the preferred source of energy, including for exercise and mandatory for brain function, avoiding carbohydrate can negatively affect your mind and body.
- The avoidance of carbohydrate also means lower intakes of the food groups that contain antioxidants, phytochemicals, and fiber: fruits, grains, vegetables, and legumes, which means avoiding foods that protect against diseases like cancer.
- Avoiding carbs will probably lead to short-term weight loss; however, the physical unhealthful consequences of such a program make it unsustainable, leading to the inevitable gaining back of the weight lost and then some!
- Low-carb diets are discouraged by health organizations including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Medical Association, American Heart Association, and the American Cancer Society.
People who adopt high-carbohydrate diets replete with fruits, vegetables, beans, and grains do better on all accounts: maintaining a healthful weight, sustaining an exercise routine, and reducing their risk for heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes.
Tip of the Day
Mix it up with plant protein foods. Variety is great! Choose beans and peas (kidney, pinto, black, or white beans; split peas; chickpeas; hummus), soy products (tofu, tempeh, veggie burgers), and unsalted nuts and seeds.
“I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh”
~ Joel 2:28
In her book, The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life, Hannah Whitall Smith tells us: “ What we need is to see that God’s presence is a certain fact always, and that every act of our soul is done right before him, and that a word spoken in prayer is really spoken to him, as if our eyes could see him and our hands could touch him.”