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Do we really use carbs to create fats if they are not gained via diet?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 06, 2013 at 6:28 AM

In the following thread discussing hyper palatability it was mentioned that carbs are used to make fats not acquired through diet (potentially leading to carb cravings).

http://paleohacks.com/questions/34576/what-is-the-paleo-answer-to-the-problem-of-hyper-palatable-foods/34579#34579

I did some searching online but could not seem to find a reliable (scientific) source talking about this. Does anyone know of any? I find this very interesting because SO and I have been experimenting with macros lately and have found that lowering fat has caused increased carb cravings. Correlation does not in any way equal causation but it does bring up some interesting questions and I would like to know more about about the science behind it all.

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on April 06, 2013
at 10:29 AM

Is it carbs or excess calories. The cravings are for quick energy.

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on April 06, 2013
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on April 06, 2013
at 07:29 AM

Don't really know about if low fat meals may fire up carb cravings but that carbs are used to make fat, that's pretty accepted and the mechanisms behind this are well known. This is why people get fat actually, high blood sugar promotes a high insulin spike, and insulin takes that blood sugar that cannot be used to fuel activity (because of the excess) and then stores it as fat.

For a very detailed explanation of the mechanisms, you can have a look at the following link:

Fatty Acid Synthesis

Also, as for food cravings and the hyper-palatable food stuff, maybe the real culprit may lay in the fructose used to engineer such foods. Fructose seems to work in the opposite way that glucose does, promoting hunger instead of triggering a satiation signal. See this other link for a possible explanation on this:

Fructose Effects on Food Intake

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on April 06, 2013
at 07:40 AM

You have added some seriously awesome responses to two of my questions now. Thanks!!

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