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The Inconvenient Truth About “Carbs”

If there’s a trend that drives me nuts, it is the obsession with avoiding “carbs.”

When someone says something like, “Oh, I don’t do fruit because they’re full of sugar” I almost want to hug them and cry.

Why… Heavens, why, are we so AFRAID of “carbs?”

In fact, any health expert using the word “carb” on a regular basis should be viewed with the same suspicion as a stranger offering you candy from the back of his windowless van.

Buzzwords such as:

  • Carb cycling.
  • Carb charts.
  • “Slow” carb.
  • Low Carb.
  • Carb testing.
  • Carb cravings
  • Carb intolerance.
  • Carb dieting.

… are meaningless.

The Word “Carb” Doesn’t Mean Anything

There’s no such food as “a carb.” Just like there’s no such thing as “a protein.”

It should be obvious that white sugar, beans, and broccoli are vastly different foods, even though they all contain most of their calories from carbohydrates.

Low-carb proponents want you to put them all in the same category. They’re distorting the language to confuse you and sell you their BS.

All over the world, people eat rice, beans, fruits, and pasta to their heart’s content and for the most part, they are much slimmer than us.

Most thin and healthy people on the planet outside of America have never heard of the word “carb.”

Imagine the following scene:

Dr. Oz and his team go to meet the Hunzas of Pakistan, who used to be known as the world’s longest-lived people.

Dr. Oz is puzzled that they remain so thin in spite of all the carbs they eat. He tells them, “it must be because of all the exercise you do that you can burn off all these carbs?”

The Hunzas don’t understand. They show Dr. Oz the apricot trees and explain that when apricots are in season, that’s all they eat. “What is CARB?” They ask.

The Truth About Carbs

Here’s the truth about “carbs”: there’s no such thing as “carb intolerance” or “eating too many carbs.”

The problem is much more straightforward: we’re fat.

Eating fruits, grains, beans, vegetables and even a little refined sugar certainly didn’t cause the obesity epidemic.

We’re fat because we eat too much food, compared to our energy expenditure. This happens because we eat the WRONG foods.

Diets only work to the extent that they restrict calories. Artificially restricting calories by not eating “carbs” is one way to do it.

However, eliminating “carbs” means avoiding most healthy foods — those that healthy populations around the world eat and STAY slim.

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Frederic

Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.