There are some conditions where it makes sense to avoid most carbohydrates, like in my case to cure SIBO and IBD by following a FODMAP/SCD/GAPS-style diet. This leave me with glucose.
A few diets - the optimal diet, the lutz diet, the perfect health diet - call for specific amounts of carbohydrates. 60g, 72g, 100g respectively. I guess 72g is a prudent amount in general. But I have my doubts about using dextrose to reach it. What approach do you think would be best in my case?
Why eat carbs at all? To ease gluconeogenesis and avoid mucus deficiency.
asked byDean (1520)
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on August 29, 2011
at 03:42 PM
I don't think gluconeogenesis is particularly hard. (See my post here.) And I also personally don't think mucous deficiency is anything more than a theoretical construct on Jaminet's part to rationalize his protocol.
If you immediately felt better removing easily digestible carbs from your diet, chances are that dextrose is going to make you feel worse again. I'm interested to hear your results if you try it, though.
on August 28, 2011
at 04:22 PM
I need to avoid FODMAPS & fruit bloats me terribly.
Dextrose is fine, but I'm too cheap to buy it!
I eat about 30-40 grams of carbs a day in the form of sucrose (sugar in my tea & dark chocolate, mostly.) I seem to be able to handle the small amount of fructose this way.
While vlc was great for me for a short time (6 weeks), I feel better with sucrose and have not found that it triggers cravings--unless I eat too much, of course!
Ray Peat offers some interesting reasons for eating sucrose in this article:
on August 28, 2011
at 08:49 PM
I don't think there is anything wrong with dextrose. But, I'm a bit concerned with the plastic containers it comes in. I try to limit my besphenol A exposure. Smarties:glucose candy in the United States comes wrapped in nothing, but plastic.
I love foodmap and Sue Shepperd's old guides on fructose malabsorption (FM). I can keep my SIBO (bacterial overgrowth) under control by eating white rice and potatoes. I'd actually be less restrictive on the diet in the beginning. It may only be an urban legend based on bad science, but in the world of FM there is concern that if you give up all fructose you can loss the ability to to digest fructose with glucose. Hence, I never gave up potatoes. I don't have any digestive issues, pain or bloating if I eat 150 carbs a day as long as I follow an FM diet. The longer I'm on the diet, (I've been on the FM diet for 13 months.) the more fructose and broccoli related items I can tolerate. At first, I felt overwhelmed by having to eat nothing but primarily potatoes, meat and green lettuce but slowly I've been able to reintroduce most foods. Still have issues with foods that are high in fructose/fructans like bread, onions and apples. In 3 or 4 months, you should feel like you have more options than dextrose.
on November 27, 2012
at 06:44 AM
Dean, nice question. I am planning on using dextrose too so interested in your update.
Low carb didn't work very well for me (skin problems, bad sleep, fatigue and bad mood)
So I decided to eat rice or potatoes. But they are basically glucose joined in long chains. Intestine needs to put extra effort to break them down which gives bacteria chance to cause problems.
I am planning to eat meat with fermented vegetables/fruits followed up with tea (green or ginger) sweetened with glucose.