Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Food for Thought

I just came across this excellent essay by somebody who eliminated most carbohydrates from his diet 39 years ago, and has become leaner, more muscled and healthier for the experience.

When you first start thinking about reducing the carbohydrates in your diet, it's automatic to think about the conventional wisdom by experts and laypeople alike, who tell you that you need "good carbs".  Well, the more you read on the subject, the more evidence comes to light to challenge this view.

There are, in fact, quite a few people who live on a rather extreme diet that comprises protein, fat and not much else, and appear to be perfectly happy and more importantly, healthy.  I won't go into this in much detail, other than to say that while this may have social ramifications that aren't for everyone, these people are not crazy or uninformed.  And they claim to be among the healthiest people on earth.  Their premise is that carbohydrate consumption underpins all the major diseases that plague us as we age, not just type 2 diabetes, but also cardiovascular disease and cancer.

I will post more on this subject in the coming weeks and months.

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