"Carbohydrates that come from white bread, white rice, pastry, sugary sodas and other highly processed foods can make you fat. If you eat a lot of these so-called bad carbs, they will increase your risk for disease.
On the other hand, the good carbs, including whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables, keep you healthy by providing you with vitamins, minerals, fiber and many other nutrients. That's why a healthy diet should include good carbs."
Carb up! Here Are The Healthiest Carbs You SHOULD Be Eating
"I understand that even fruits and vegetables contain carbs and sugars, and white potatoes and corn should not make up the staple in one’s diet due to their high glycemic index number and lower fiber content. However, the carbs in fruits and vegetables are nothing to be feared. If anything, they’re something to be appreciated."
How and Why Complex Carbs Can Build Lean Muscle Mass
"I’m sure most of us can agree that refined sources of carbs such as most breads, white rice, white flour, sugar, and even added sugars are not the best way to get our energy-boosting carbs. However, if you’re one of the many that fear healthy carbs like sweet potatoes, carrots, winter squash and even wholesome grains like oats, quinoa, millet, or teff, we have to tell you that you’re truly missing out on some beneficial nutrients that will make you reconsider eliminating carbs from your diet."
Protein Is Necessary, But Don’t Forget About Carbs and Fiber!
"if you cut back too far on the carbs, you can put your body into real trouble in the short term by lowering the pH of the blood and going into uncontrolled ketosis called, ketoacidosis. This is a life threatening state and needs immediate medical attention. On the other hand, a less dramatic lack of glucose can cause issues in the body as well. For those on a high protein diet, there are a whole host of issues that can occur when this type of eating regime is done long term.
As so many things in life, some protein is great, but there is a limit that your body can handle."
A Green Monster’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition: Complex Carbs and Fiber
"The fear of carbs is a common one in today’s society, but is undoubtedly unnecessary when a whole foods, non-processed food diet is followed. Healthy carbohydrates from these sources are not the enemy, because their fibers help slow down blood sugar, while also providing support for the heart, digestive system, satiety levels, and even your weight."
"I’m happy we’re finally waking up and realizing carbs aren’t the enemy. Your brain’s primary source of fuel is from glucose and glucose comes predominantly from carbs. To think you can’t or shouldn’t eat carbs goes against much of the research which indicates our bodies were designed to consume both protein sources and carbohydrate sources. With that said, there are some carbs that no one should be eating regardless of the kind of diet they follow:"
7 Benefits of Complex Carbs and the Best Ones to Eat
"You’ve probably heard of the term, “good carbs versus bad carbs” and all that really equates to is non-refined carbs versus refined carbs. Non-refined carbs are foods that contain a complete source of carbohydrates that include natural sugars and more importantly- fiber. Refined carbs are foods like white bread, enriched flour and sugar which have been highly processed to the point that little to no nutrition remains.
Your body uses “good carbs,” which are non-refined, complex carbs to do a host of important issues in the body. The best complex carbs come from whole grains, vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Eating more of these foods will only benefit you and without them, you’ll likely suffer a number of health consequences."
"The terminology 'carbs' is thrown around a lot these days with most people not even knowing what the word really means. Carbohydrates are NOT a food group! To say you are not eating carbs is to also say you are not eating vegetables, fruit, pulses, tubers, nuts, seeds, and whole grains such as quinoa, millet, oats, buckwheat, rye etc. - all of which contain carbohydrates! Yes eating large amounts of refined and highly processed starch products are not good for you, but by eliminating or minimizing the mentioned list of healthful foods you are also eliminating necessary essential nutrients from your diet."
The Smoke and Mirrors behind Wheat Belly and Grain Brain
“The truth is that the rich Western diet makes people fat and sick. Steering people away from the few healthy components of our diet (grains and other starchy vegetables) and toward the unhealthy foods (meat, dairy, fish, and eggs) makes matters worse. People are desperate for a solution to their weight and health problems, and many of them are easily deceived. Especially when told that prime rib and cheddar cheese are good for them—people love to hear good news about their bad habits.” - John A. McDougall, M.D.
A plant based whole food diet is subscribed in many clinics and has been shown to reverse many illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. There has been no science that eating a diet high in animal products reverses or prevents any disease.
Gluten Fears & Facts: Is Wheat Truly Terrible? "Too many people are blaming wheat for all their joint aches, fatigue, and abdominal discomfort on the advice of books that then, amazingly, recommend eating unlimited amounts of oils, cheeses, and other animal foods. In other words, it lets them put the blame for how they feel on wheat and continue to feel good about all of their other bad habits."
"Anything that drops our weight can drop our cholesterol, but the goal isn’t to fit into a skinnier casket; the reason we care about cardiovascular risk factors like cholesterol is because we care about cardiovascular risk, the health of our arteries."
Low Carb Diets Can Adversely Affect Coronary Blood Flow
Low Carbohydrate-High Protein Diet and Incidence of Cardiovascular Diseases in Swedish Women: Prospective Cohort Study
Low carbohydrate-high protein diets, used on a regular basis and without consideration of the nature of carbohydrates or the source of proteins, are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Low-Carbohydrate Diets and All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality: Two Cohort Studies
A low-carbohydrate diet based on animal sources was associated with higher all-cause mortality in both men and women, whereas a vegetable-based low-carbohydrate diet was associated with lower all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality rates.
"After a formal evaluation to rule out celiac disease, those who suspect they might have gluten sensitivity should first try improving their diet and then have other causes excluded before going on a gluten-free diet, since as many as 1 in 3 people who avoid gluten for symptom control end up having a different disease altogether."
Click Here for the video by Dr Michael Greger M.D.
Is Gluten Sensitivity Real?
"People complaining about gluten-related symptoms were tested for different gluten diseases by adhering to a gluten-free diet for six months and then reintroducing gluten for one month (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26043918). Out of 392 people, 337 (86%) were found not to have celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, or a wheat allergy, begging the question “is gluten sensitivity real?”
Although official data are lacking, the lay press have suggested that 17 million Americans are gluten sensitive. However, it must be remembered that this is also big business.
Gluten-free seems to have overtaken fat-free and low-carbohydrate as food fads in the grocery business. The estimated U.S. market for gluten-free foods is greater than $2.5 billion and is expected to top $5 billion by 2015."
Gluten-Free Diets: Separating the Wheat from the Chat
"How common is gluten sensitivity? Are there benefits of gluten? Why does the medical profession explicitly advise against people who suspect they might be gluten intolerant from just going on a gluten-free diet?"