Friday, June 12, 2015

What about Carbs?

Eating healthfully is not as complex as it is made out to be...especially when it comes to carbohydrates (aka carbs).
Myths surrounding carbs are pervasive and extremely misleading. You do not need to calculate net carbs or limit carbs if you are looking at food as food.
Carbs are not a food group.
Carbs are one of three macronutrients of which all whole foods are composed.
Carbs are crucial for immediate and long-term energy and are the only source of fuel for the brain.
Carbs are not just refined, calorie-dense, nutrient-poor foods such as candy, white bread, and cookies, as they are often demonized to be.
Instead carbs are found in the healthiest food groups: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes, which is what your diet should be based on.
I understand all of the controversy surrounding Beyonce claiming she is on a vegan diet. With politics aside, she is promoting her amazing, glowing, and inspiring results of following a high carb (80% of total calories), plant-based diet. I hope this contributes to the demise of the common carbophobia prevailing in society today. Carbs are healthful and are found in abundance in the most wholesome foods we should be considering the foundation of a healthy diet...a plant-based diet.
--->U.S. News and World Report's U.S. News Health Why You’ll Feel Flawless Eating Like BeyoncĂ©:
--->Medical Daily's Beyoncé Reveals (Unsurprising) Weight Loss Secret Is Vegan Diet: How You Can Sustain While Eating Plant-Based Meals:
Vegans Eat Carbs And Still Lose The Weight: Why You Should Give The Diet A Shot:
--->Reducing Reductionism:
--->T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies' Low Carb Hot Air—Again, again and again!
--->Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine's Low-Carb Low Point:
--->Vegan Mainstream via Janice Stanger's Why Carbs Don't Matter for Vegans:
---> on Carbs:
--->Harvard University on Carbs: