The answer to the question is yes, but the low-density carbs, the good ones. We do need carbohydrates. They are a macronutrient important for our bodies optimal functioning. How much do we need? It depends. We will talk about a bit later.
The media and the whole online world are buzzing about carbs. The keto diet is gaining popularity like wildfire. It is based on a very low carb diet (high fat and moderate proteins). On the other hand, the mainstream media still promotes a high carb diet as a heart-healthy diet.
So, where is the truth?
When we ingest carbohydrates, they are converted into glucose and fructose and provide energy for our cells. If we eat more than our body needs for energy, glucose is stored as a reserve (in a form of glycogen in the liver and muscles). If we consume carbs in excess, and we do on the SAD (Standard American Diet) the excess will be stored as fat after the glycogen stores are full.
Be aware, not all carbs are created equal.
The low-density carbs, bound to fiber and water such in fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, and roots are beneficial because they are feeding the good bacteria in our gut, also provide fiber, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, etc. They won’t cause a sudden spike in blood glucose. Versus the high-density carbs found in highly processed carbs, in junk food, in pastries, basically baked goods made of white flour have no nutritional value, but empty calories. They feed the bad bacteria in the gut, the inflammation-promoting species. And exactly that is what happens in the gut, inflammation that eventually leads to leaky gut.
Therefore, low-grade inflammation will develop in the body that will lead to many health problems, including obesity and diabetes.
Inflammation will lead to Leptin resistance in the brain. Leptin is a hormone produced by fat cells and its role is energy management. When we eat and the body has enough energy Leptin will signal it to the brain, which will send an impulse to stop eating. When Leptin resistance develops there is a miscommunication between the brain and fat tissue. We eat and eat and eat some more, because of the lack of the signal from the brain to stop.
So, the best way to lose weight is to restore Leptin resistance.
Let’s go back to the question do we need carbs. We learned so far, we do and why do we do. The next question is how much do we need? It depends. Depends on your health status. Example, if you struggle with gut issues, dysbiosis, SIBO or have severe glucose imbalance, neurological disorders (Alzheimer, Parkinson’s) you need a very low carb diet (less than 50 g per day). If you want to lose weight, less severe glucose imbalance low carb diet will be your choice (50-75 G per day). Moderate carbs for adrenal fatigue, hypothyroidism, maintaining weight (75-150 g). High carb diet is for athletes and very active people (more than 150 g).
Remember, quality is even more important than quantity. We should consume low-density carbs. Period.
SWEET POTATO CHIPS
Easy and super delicious recipe.
Slice sweet potatoes with a mandolin or sharp knife into tiny slices. Sprinkle with salt and olive oil. Lay them in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake in the oven, preheated to 400 *F, for about 25 minutes. You can add spices to the salt or cinnamon. Play with the tastes and enjoy!!
To your radiant health, with love