Carbs Aren’t Bad For You!

Carbs Aren’t Bad For You!

Over the last 10-20 years there has been a growing belief that Carbs are the root of everything evil and that they are a sure path to obesity. The assumption must be that the human race has never had easy access to Carbohydrates in the past several million years, right?

I mean Rice, Potatoes, Corn, and Wheat didn’t support the explosion of Civilization over the last 10,000 years right?

You probably caught on to my sarcasm at this point…. The point I’m making is that Starches and Carbohydrate rich foods have been the primary source of calories for humans for all of human history.

Obesity has historically been a pretty rare occurrence, that is up to about 50 years ago when obesity started becoming more and more common. The reasons for this change are countless and very complex but none of them have anything to do with carbohydrates, and most of them are because of the increasing abundance of processed “calorie dense” foods.

If you were to ask a random person about why they think Carbs are bad, they would probably tell you…

Carbs make you fat.

Carbs give you Diabetes.

And who knows what else?

But Carbs don’t make you fat, natural whole carbs make you feel full and are harder to overeat than many other foods. A diet very high in Carbs is more likely to cause you to lose weight than to gain it.

As for Diabetes, the evidence doesn’t support Carbs as being a cause of Diabetes. In fact, it’s becoming more and more evident that high Fat intake is more likely the culprit.

But aren’t their “Good Carbs” and “Bad Carbs?”

Yes, but not the way you think. The Glycemic Index isn’t a great tool for judging what carbs are good and bad. It rates some of the worst Carbs (like Pizza and Chocolate Cake) as being low or good.

The truth is that no Carbohydrate is bad for you in it’s natural unprocessed form. Sugar is processed and more of a drug than a food.  Oranges are one of the most healthy sources of Carbs, but Orange Juice is bad for you because it’s just the Sweet stuff without the Fiber found in the orange.

As a rule: Nature Typically Puts The Poison And The Cure In The Same Package