All Carbohydrates are broken down by the body into fiber and simple sugars.  Both “simple” and “complex” carbohydrates are eventually turned into sugar, even your whole wheat multi-grain toast or an apple!  Contrary to popular beliefs, the fiber is not very important and is not needed for keeping one regular.  Read more about fiber here.

To clear out another misconception, carbohydrates are not an essential dietary nutrient.  We only require a limited amount of glucose which can easily be manufactured by our own body via gluconeogenesis.

There are 2 main types of simple sugars. 

While any excess sugar is generally bad for us, excess fructose is much worse. 

Fructose - mostly from fruit, root vegetables, table sugar and HFCS

Glucose -
from most of the dietary carbohydrates
  • Accelerates your aging by producing AGES (advanced glycation end-product).
  • Every time you eat a carbohydrates meal, glucose collects in the blood and your body releases insulin to handle this sugar by either moving it to your cells for energy needs or directing the remaining sugar (not used by the cells for energy) to be stored as glycogen and fat to be deposited all over the body.
  • Every time your cells are exposed to Insulin, they become a little more Insulin Resistant. The cumulative release of Insulin eventually leads to a metabolic syndrome.
  • Glucose may also causes a spike in Leptin, contributing to Leptin resistance. Leptin was discovered only in 1994, so a lot is still unknown about it.  Read more about it here.

Insulin Resistance and Leptin Resistance lead to a multitude of issues, including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, autoimmune disease, cancer, and others.  There is a very strong link between insulin & leptin resistance and infertility.   Even Alzheimer's disease is now considered to be diabetes of the brain.  According to Dr. Rosedale, the only known way to restore leptin and insulin sensitivity is through the diet low in carbohydrates.

In addition, Insulin may regulate life span.  According to Dr. Rosedale, an expert in nutritional and metabolic medicine, “low insulin is a signal that energy is scarce and animals need to focus their energy needs on maintaining and repairing themselves so that they can outlive the famine to be able to reproduce at a future, more opportune time.”  Based on this, the summary of his health advice is:

“Health and life span are determined by the proportion of fat versus sugar people burn throughout their lifetime and so the more fat that one burns as fuel, the healthier a person will be, and the more likely he or she will live a long time; and the more sugar a person burns, the more disease ridden and the shorter a life span a person is likely to have.”

Read more about Insulin and its metabolic effects here.
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Disclaimer: We're not doctors or health care practitioners.   The statements made here are only our views and opinions and should not be taken as a substitute for qualified medical advice.  Consult with your doctor or health care provider before starting any regimen mentioned here.


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