Posted on February 17, by Scott Alexander I got many good responses to my Considerations On Cost Disease post, both in the comments and elsewhere. A lot of people thought the explanation was obvious; unfortunately, they all disagreed on what the obvious explanation was. Below are some of the responses I found most interesting.
Such is a concept that has gained traction this year to the worrisome concern of many of my readers.
The reasoning behind this I gotta hear. For those of you unfamiliar with who Paul Jaminet is, he is an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and was able to beat a chronic health issue in his life by using the strategies implored in The Perfect Health Diet.
They have combined their efforts to educate the masses about what they have learned about human nutrition through their web site PerfectHealthDiet. I am not one to just throw the baby out with the bathwater when it comes to those who offer up an alternative hypothesis to what I believe is true, especially when it comes to nutrition.
So many of my fellow low-carbers view the idea of purposely consuming starchy foods on a regular basis as blasphemy. And Jaminet is right there in the thick of it actively promoting the consumption of foods like white rice, white potatoes, taro, plantains, etc. One of the basic principles of the healthy low-carb lifestyle is cutting down on starch and sugar as a means for controlling blood sugar spikes and the associated increase in insulin.
When you consume starchy foods like rice or potatoes, your body breaks them down into simple sugar glucose which then raises blood glucose leading to an insulin response to deal with it.
An overabundance of sugar in the blood whether consumed directly or if the body converts starch into sugar that goes beyond the needs for energy will then become stored body fat.
This is why controlling starch consumption is essential to lowering body fat, increasing insulin sensitivity, improving cardiovascular health through improved lipids namely higher HDL, lower triglycerides and less small LDL particles along with positively impacting various other metabolic health markers.
Plus, consuming more carbohydrates in your diet pulls you away from using fat for fuel to a greater reliance on using carbohydrate for fuel in your body. It really all boils down to this for me: I felt this question was far too important for me to ignore any longer because it goes to the very heart of why I support low-carb nutrition for most people to begin with.
A recent post he wrote for cancer patients revealed his recommendion of obtaining to glucose calories a day, mainly from these safe starches. He says it is important to avoid a glucose deficiency, since glycosylated proteins are the means of intercellular coordination, and defects in glycosylation are characteristic of the cancer phenotype.
If you cannot assist me, then please let me know so I ask someone else to contribute. While most carbohydrates — sugar, which imparts 4 calories per gram, is the best example — are digested by your body and turned into blood sugar very quickly, other carbohydrates behave differently.
Some carbs, such as vegetables have the least impact on blood sugar. And, some carbs — such as fiber — can impart as little as 0 calories per gram, are not digested at all and pass through your body as waste.
Any way you look at it, if an individual is trying to gain the Atkins Edge of fat burning, consuming high glycemic carbohydrates such as rice or potatoes will throw them back into a glucose metabolism thus throwing them out of fat burning.
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