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Does a carb-phobia really helps?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 25, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Does evil*ize carbs? fructose, fruits really help us on he long run!!!!???

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on May 25, 2011
at 02:02 PM

Oh noes! All ur paleoz are belong to us! I can haz gluten free cheezburger?

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on May 25, 2011
at 02:00 PM

Carbs are not evil......they only are if you leptin resistant or overweight

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on May 25, 2011
at 01:42 PM

sweet potatoes, white potatoes, squashes, plantains, sprouted corn tortillas. I had been eating about one bowl of white rice per week when we'd go to a sushi joint but i stopped. No reason, just did.

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

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on May 25, 2011
at 01:01 PM

where do you get your carbs?

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on May 25, 2011
at 12:41 PM

well put. Eating should not be about what you believe, it should be about what you understand based on the current science - thats a good line.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on May 25, 2011
at 12:40 PM

whatever works for you. these kind of things change with time, activity levels, other factors in your life like how busy you are your personal relationships, how long you have been eating a certain way, etc. Certainly I think your approach is common in the beginning, not that you are or are not at the beginning. just saying.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on May 25, 2011
at 12:35 PM

nice one on the lolcat thing. i thought i was the only one that thought, waitaminute are we getting invaded by lolcats?

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on May 25, 2011
at 12:04 PM

Perhaps I could take you more seriously if you stopped writing in lolcat style. I am diabetic, so I have to watch my carbs. But starchy carbs and fruit are not inherently evil. Canola oil/HFCS/trans fats and wheat/gluten are evilz.

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0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on May 25, 2011
at 11:56 AM

I think it is just part of human nature.

When it comes to diets it seems like everyone has to demonise something.

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I agree with ben. The dangers of various antinutrients is an awareness that should not lead to demonizing carbohydrates. This is classic cognative dissonance. You'll get Paleo newbees who jump on the 'bacon our saviour' bandwagon, before chillin out and throwing in moderators like, 'it depends on your goals, body shape' etc. The same thing with carbs. It is easy to cling to a label by finding a backlash to adhere too. But most should be aware by now that Paleo is indeed an umbrella term for a better general awareness of what makes us healthy, and what has been added in modern times (food, lights, stress, sloth, linear living etc) that interfers with this path. It is not low-carb or anti-carb, or even a self gratifying justification of itself as a paradigm. The dissonance of the very thought of being so loud and stupid results often in these newcomers revising their beliefs to meet with obvious facts that carbohydrates, whilst not being essential guests at the macro-N party, can be a part of a healthy (training or otherwise) Paleo lifestyle.

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on May 25, 2011
at 12:37 PM

For me personally I have to demonize them to stay away from them. I crave sugar/carbs terribly bad when I feel stressed and unless I convince myself that they are evil, poison, will kill me etc I will continue to eat those things. Maybe it's not the best way to deal with my obvious mental issues with food but it does work.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on May 25, 2011
at 12:40 PM

whatever works for you. these kind of things change with time, activity levels, other factors in your life like how busy you are your personal relationships, how long you have been eating a certain way, etc. Certainly I think your approach is common in the beginning, not that you are or are not at the beginning. just saying.

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on May 25, 2011
at 12:03 PM

I think that creating a demon out of something is probably a bad call. Understanding why some food could be or is probably not worth eating due to science is better. Eating should not be about what you believe, it should be about what you understand based on the current science.

as Robb Wolf said, and I paraphrase, I reserve the right to change my stance if new evidence shows differently.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on May 25, 2011
at 12:41 PM

well put. Eating should not be about what you believe, it should be about what you understand based on the current science - thats a good line.

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98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

on May 25, 2011
at 02:58 PM

Well since "us" included everything from elite athletes to morbidly obese people there is no one answer. It seems pretty clear to me from reading posts here and elsewhere that many people of a more normal weight do fine with them. I wouldn't know about that. I know about the obese end of the spectrum which ,in general, doesn't do so well with them. It's not about demonizing. It's about understanding their powerful effect on the body and making personal decisions on whether to include them or not based on that knowledge.

I see fruit in the same vein as dairy. Have a little but not too much. Probably fine in moderation for most people. If your body tells you that these foods are not a good thing then you listen and make adjustments. Again it's not about demonizing. It's about making intelligent choices based on what we know about the effects of these foods on the human body in general.

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on May 25, 2011
at 02:34 PM

It is easier for me to not eat things if I think of them as not-food, but I am not sure if that is the same thing as evil.

Now that I have had a real problem with gluten I sort of look on it and feel like a big cat looking at plants.

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on May 25, 2011
at 12:39 PM

I would only say that 1) knowing about how fructose is metabolized and how it can adversely effect our health and 2) demonizing carbohydrate as a whole are not the same thing.

Personal example: I eat daily right about 200 grams of carbohydrate. That makes up about 40% of my daily calories. That is higher than many people. I have no issues with carbohydrate. I enjoy eating them and they make me feel good and my performance is excellent. However I eat no fruit. None. If someone offers me berries I'll have a few but i eat no other fruit at all, ever. I don't see the two as related at all.

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

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on May 25, 2011
at 01:01 PM

where do you get your carbs?

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on May 25, 2011
at 01:42 PM

sweet potatoes, white potatoes, squashes, plantains, sprouted corn tortillas. I had been eating about one bowl of white rice per week when we'd go to a sushi joint but i stopped. No reason, just did.

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