A Few Facts:
- A high sugar/carbohydrate diet leads to high levels of blood glucose and a corresponding high level of insulin production. A high level of insulin in the blood often leads to an ongoing cycle of fat storage. It also exhausts our “fight or flight” stress response and can lead to emotional difficulties related to eating, body image and a long-term battle with weight moderation.
- A high sugar/carbohydrate diet promotes systemic inflammation and free radical damage in the body. This accelerates the aging process and leads to a host of health problems.
- There is no requirement for dietary carbohydrates in the human diet. Human’s can live on minimal and even no carbohydrate intake for long periods of time and have done so for throughout our history. Our bodies can produce the glucose we need internally and can run quite effectively off the by products of fat metabolism.
- That’s not to say that carbohydrates don’t play a welcome and tasty role in our diet, but it need not, nor should it, play anywhere near as large a role as it does in the Standard American Diet.
- The conventional food pyramid has done a fabulous job of creating a dietary environment that has made us dependent on a level and a frequency of carbohydrate consumption that has lead us down the path of epidemic levels of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity and more!
- Your brain and organs need about 150 grams of glucose a day. Unfortunately far to many of us are eating more than double that. In fact that 150-gram requirement does not need to be met by our daily food intake. We have plenty of energy stored in our fat cells, muscles and other organs to meet that need. These internal storage depots can provide more than enough energy regardless of our dietary intake, as long as the mechanisms to unlock them are working.