If you’ve been a reader of mine for a while now, then you know I have no love for the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Not least of all because they help to propagate the lie that carbs of any kind are healthy for diabetics.
Nevertheless, it amazes me how conventional medicine continues to debate the root cause of metabolic disease… when it’s really quite simple. (And they almost always fail to mention all of the other serious illnesses that come along with it, like cancer.)
After all, we’ve seen a rapid spike in rates of diabetes and obesity over the last half century. And if you want my opinion, the reasons couldn’t be more obvious. Yet mainstream “experts” still sit around wringing their hands in confusion.
Well, hopefully not for much longer…
The case for cutting carbs—and boosting fat
A panel discussion from a recent ADA meeting asked whether it’s the fat, the sugar, or the processed food in the American diet that’s to blame for our current metabolic crisis. (The good news here is that there is a lot of science in defense of dietary fat.)
One study looked at the effect of increased carbohydrate consumption and reduced saturated fat intake on circulating fatty acids in patients with metabolic syndrome. And lo and behold, it found that dietary intake of saturated fat had no relationship to blood levels of saturated fat. In fact, higher saturated fat intake actually lowered circulating levels of bad fats.
It also found that high carb intake increases blood levels of fats linked to diabetes. But wait, there’s more…
Other studies show a low-carb diet decreases saturated fats in your blood, even when dietary saturated fat intake remains high—and that restricting carbs can improve metabolic syndrome independently of weight loss.
In other words, eating more saturated fat and cutting carbs increases insulin sensitivity and improves your lipid profile—which means that low-carb, high-fat diets aren’t just safe, they’re also healthy for people with metabolic disease.
BAM! Can I get a Hallelujah?
Processed food is a serious problem
Panelists also pointed out how packaged carb-rich foods now contain countless preservatives and other unnatural ingredients to sustain longer shelf-lives. And they posed the question: Are these ingredients part of what makes carbs so dangerous?
I hate to be glib, but… what do you think?!
Let’s face it—prior to the early 1900s, there were entire generations of carb consumers that didn’t go on to develop obesity or diabetes en masse. The unique risks of ultra-processed food couldn’t be clearer.
If you ask me, giving up processed food is one of the most essential keys to defeating metabolic disease. There’s good evidence that these “hyperpalatable” Frankenfoods have fueled the diabesity crisis and changed American metabolism for the worse.
Still, sugar is sugar. And sugar kills. Which is why the take-home message offered from the ADA panel discussion puzzled me a little—namely, that carbs don’t cause metabolic disease, they just play a key role in its development.
I don’t know about you, but that’s more than enough for me.
We know that cutting carbs can help to reverse metabolic disease by lowering insulin levels, reducing fat storage, and limiting chemical consumption. This limitation isn’t harmful, because there are no “essential” carbohydrates.
You read that right: There are NO essential carbohydrates. And yet, so many so-called experts talk as though people will up and die if they give up bread and pasta and choose fresh vegetables over fruit.
It’s pure nonsense. Low-carb diets aren’t dangerous. In fact, you’ll be eating—and feeling—better than ever.
Pick up a copy of my A-List Diet book, and see for yourself. You’ll learn how following a healthy, balanced diet is not only fundamental to a healthy lifestyle… but it’s downright delicious, too. And I can’t think of a better way to keep metabolic disease—and a whole host of other conditions—at bay.
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“Metabolic Disease: Is It the Fat, Sugar, or Processed Food?” Medscape Medical News, 06/18/2020. (medscape.com/viewarticle/932365)