Carbs are non-essential for human life… WTF?
But don’t we need carbohydrates to survive?
This might come as a surprise, but of the three macro-nutrients in our diet (protein, fat and carbohydrates), only carbohydrates are non-essential for human life. We cannot function properly for more than a few days without eating fat; without an adequate protein intake we develop protein-calorie malnutrition within a few months. But avoiding carbohydrate has no short- or long-term effects on humans, other than the (usually beneficial) effect of weight loss, especially in those who are the most overweight. While we need a constant supply of glucose, it can be produced by the liver from fat and protein and doesn’t need to be ingested as carbohydrate in our diets. You don’t need to consume carbohydrates to live. Your body can make glucose from protein or fat. In ketosis, most of your body uses ketones as energy, so glucose needs are reduced. Type 2 diabetes can be reversed if you go on a low (20g or less) carb diet. Sadly the government pushes high carb and low fat which just causes people to become diabetic.
The common FAT misconception
There is a common misconception that eating fat, especially saturated fat, is bad for you and that it is a primary cause of high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity. This is simply not true and was based on a flawed study by Ancel Keys in 1953. The truth is that a diet high in carbohydrates, particularly refined carbohydrates and sugar are the cause of obesity, diabetes as well as other chronic illnesses. Vegetable (seed) oils and their derivatives such as margarine are also a contributing factor to heart disease, although manufacturers tell us the exact opposite.
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