Fat vs Carbs: it depends on ethnicity rather than a fixed LC/HC dogma?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 25, 2013 at 4:59 PM

I am paleo since 3 years and I lost 70 kg of body fat and gain 12kg of lean mass. After reading studies I think maybe are another variable on carbs controversy: ethnic group.

Based on latitude you can get more fruits and vegetables and lean animals vs Fatty animales and less vegetables (usually fermented for preservation). So: Are white people or no-tropic ethnic groups less adapted for fruits and more for starches? Are in the top of ZC diets the Inuts because of that?. Limits your ethnicity your diet? Genetics and epigenetics maybe has the answer.

A few years ago I did a reset and started with (). When I lost 60kg I introduced more fat and fruits separately. After that I think macronutrient ratio is not important more than your tolerance and activity level(*)

Thank you for reading!

(*) http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015003228171;page=root;seq=66;view=image;size=100;orient=0;num=46

(**) More active -> More carbs you can eat without bad genetic expression.


on March 25, 2013
at 06:24 PM

@Matt I think that "where your ancestors evolved" is almost the opposite of "superficial." It's true that existing racial categories like "Black" are extremely fuzzy and meaninglessly broad, but that doesn't mean there are no differences between people from different parts of the world.



on March 25, 2013
at 05:22 PM

Diet and nutrition do not fit into superficial ethnicity boxes...

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on March 25, 2013
at 06:14 PM

Well, different ethnic groups certainly differ (statistically) in their biochemistry: look at e.g. how lactose (in)tolerance is geographically spread or at the tolerance of alcohol in East Asia peoples...

As to whether there's a simple relationship between your latitude and your carb/fat preferences, I'm not so sure. People certainly eat what's available locally and they are somewhat adapted to that, but beyond these obvious things it's hard to make intelligent guesses.

On the other hand, the introduction of white flour, refined sugar, and vegetable oils seems to screw up pretty much every ethnicity :-)

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