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What do you think of the "carbs are killing you" infographic?

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Created January 30, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Very surprised to find a mainstream email today from FastCompany today linking infographic about how pasta and bread, not bacon are the source of the obesity epidemic. Cites Taubes, and associated with new iPhone app from "Massive Health."

Very pleased to see in the mainstream supportive of LC/HF diet, but wondering thoughts from the PH community re the infographic itself?

Good, bad, too simple, too complex, ...? Something useful for educating others?

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on January 31, 2012
at 01:21 AM

the first and second paragraph have equal scientific and logical backing so it is actually very hard to choose.

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on January 31, 2012
at 12:40 AM

Those damm reptilians.

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on January 30, 2012
at 09:47 PM

Every time I read one of your comments I learn a new word. Yay.

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on January 30, 2012
at 09:46 PM

I don't have any specific articles, but I've read about it in a whole bunch of places and I know Robb Wolf has mentioned it on his podcast a couple of times.

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on January 30, 2012
at 09:43 PM

Do you have any articles about this food-porn effect? Sounds interesting.

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on January 30, 2012
at 05:30 PM

Russ also posted about it :) http://paleohacks.com/questions/93898/fastcompany-infographic-how-pasta-and-not-bacon-is-the-problem

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on January 30, 2012
at 04:25 PM

This is a little hard to read. Can you add the missing articles and pronouns? It's a bit text-message-y.

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on January 30, 2012
at 07:10 PM

The mitochondrial substrate shift from lipids to carbohydrates only works like that in the sedentary, who are a metabolic abomination of recent provenance.

Or, if you're resistant to the above, there's always the theory that the government (secretly run by Reptilians) invented carbohydrates in the 1970s in order to destroy the health of the population. As it turns out, "chemtrails" are really just composed of sugar that is being sprayed on us.

Sounds good to me.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on January 31, 2012
at 01:21 AM

the first and second paragraph have equal scientific and logical backing so it is actually very hard to choose.

D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

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on January 30, 2012
at 09:47 PM

Every time I read one of your comments I learn a new word. Yay.

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

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on January 31, 2012
at 12:40 AM

Those damm reptilians.

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on January 30, 2012
at 05:29 PM

There's nothing wrong with the "Insulin Drives Fat" theory because mechanistically it's true. It's just that people take it too far and think that's the sole source of being fat. In the end insulin is what drives fat storage, but we don't talk much about what drives insulin secretion. Simplistically it's eating carbs, but then there's the whole food-porn affect and some people may just secrete tons of insulin thinking about food. So while the final step is simply stated: "fat is stored when insulin is on", the entire mechanism is pretty complicated.

I think that's the whole Taubes v. Guyenet fight. They're both right, it's all a matter of degree.

D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

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on January 30, 2012
at 09:43 PM

Do you have any articles about this food-porn effect? Sounds interesting.

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on January 30, 2012
at 09:46 PM

I don't have any specific articles, but I've read about it in a whole bunch of places and I know Robb Wolf has mentioned it on his podcast a couple of times.

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on January 30, 2012
at 08:23 PM

the food grain industry really doesnt care about it any more. they can covert the grain to alcohol and sell it for fuels. i hope everybody realized that and takes the steps necessary to feed your self. in fact it will all go to fuel if the profit is better. food is not grown for hunger its grown for profeit. i could sugar coat the topic but why bother. cereals have been sugar coated for years.

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on January 30, 2012
at 08:09 PM

It's nice to look at, but I wouldn't pass it along to friends and family.

What I really wish is that someone would make an info-graphic in this style that was more concise with respect to the diet aspects of overall paleo. I'm sure someone on PH could come up with a basic outline/layout and we could all wiki-vote it to death (err, life?) until it's perfect.

Any volunteers?

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on January 30, 2012
at 05:31 PM

What I think about it? That it's not all black or white.

Not all carbs are bad. Not all fats are good. And I miss the word TOO.

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on January 30, 2012
at 05:48 PM

In terms of challenging Conventional Wisdom, it could be a useful tool. While many purists and PaleoHackers would pull holes in it, point out the limitations etc, the carbs vs fat idea remains the biggest dichotomy between CW and real nutritional science. If the InfoGraphic gets people to stop and think about that, then it will have done its job.

My one suggestion to make it better: Make it printable and readable on a page of A4/Foolscap - then I could leave it on the desk of my annoying colleague who is "SkinnyFat" and thinks he knows all there is to know about nutrition.

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on January 30, 2012
at 09:31 PM

I don't fully understand the whole Taubes vs. Guyenet thing, so I'm not even going to go there. But my impression of it was that it could be very useful to folks who just don't get why we eat this way and why their Lean Cuisines aren't working. I mean, you can hand them GCBC or WWGF, or just show them this. Some people are visual learners, and there's something indelible about having illustrations. If this works as a first step in the right direction, I'm all for it.

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