Ever get into a discussion on Paleo, Primal, or bad carbs and then get hit in the face with the question about cultures that routinely dine on these same foods yet don’t look fat like the Western counterparts? Why aren’t people obese in ___ they eat tons of bad carbs? Good question. Technically, I have not seen a perfect answer to it, but there are a number of theories/replies. My favorite is “Your face is a bad carb!” One presented by Peter Attia this week is helpful in dealing with these pesky questions and helps shed some light on some truths you’ve probably sought.
He attacks the issue head on by giving what he views as 3 interdependent reasons.
- Lower consumption of sugar
- Lower absolute consumption of carbohydrates
- More favorable consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA)
What sets him apart is that he doesn’t state this information as fact, but instead implores you to test it. He states, “really scrutinize my thesis on your own” Bang the link to read more in-depth information and to get your arguments ready for your next discussion over a bowl of rice.
Bob Kaplan of Get in Shape for Women fame goes into detail about how cool he is (kidding. Sort of) and his efforts to push science back into the nutrition scene. Bob calls out those in the nutrition field for pushing their own agenda without really educating themselves on the historical figures of Nutrition, their own field.
In a day where it is just as easy to fall victim to believing the brain can’t run without carbohydrates, it is not enjoyable to see him make an effort to increase the masses on being able to prove your points, not just speak them.
Nobody stops by your house with a plate of broccoli as a housewarming gift, but maybe they should. I firmly believe the easiest way for people that suck at cooking to make up for it is to add sugar, cheese, or both. Still, Paleo and Primal enthusiasts understand the importance of breaking the sugar habit. That doesn’t mean they don’t look for alternatives.
Balanced bites provides some sweet (bad pun?) notes on why the alternatives should be kicked, too. “ALL sweeteners, caloric or non-caloric, can contribute to weight-gain or prohibit weight loss.“ Easy enough, but which ones should you use? Balanced Bites says to stick to natural sweeteners when possible…in moderation. What is natural these days, though? Not Stevia. Whaaaat?
Robb Wolf pushed this one out and for good reason. LecturePad is what you would expect from him, it is an engaging discussion and source of information on lipids, cholesterol, and the science behind them. Many in the field of Nutrition may be shying away from science and instead pushing their own theories or agendas (see Russian Literature Paradox).
This site instead pushes some solid info for those looking to dig a little deeper or, as Robb says, hoping to educate their doctor.