The Woefully Misguided War on Carbohydrates
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If you are tired and confused by the relentless war on carbs and have a sneaking suspicion that there is something wrong with the declaration that you are addicted to the very foods that fuel your brain and allow you to perform at your athletic best, then you are in the right place. We don't practice McCarbthyism, the irrational fearmongering that views our natural desire to eat carbohydrates as the primary reason for the epidemic of obesity and type-2 diabetes presently spreading worldwide. McCarbthyism is our name for the cult of carbohydrate paranoia infecting the nutrition community like a plague, not because of the evidence, for there is none, but because it creates such an easy target and tells such a good story. The real story of carbohydrates, however, is much more interesting when you follow the evidence. Explore our site and follow our blog to learn more.
While many nutritionists continue address the obesity epidemic by asking the question why we get fat, the truth is that we already know why we get fat. There is nothing to be gained scientifically by pursuing this tired question. Americans eat more food then ever before and any organism that consumes more energy than it needs, will store this excess energy as fat. To get at the heart of the obesity crisis that plagues America and much of the Western world, we must ask a different question. Why do Americans eat so much? Why do Americans find it so difficult to satisfy their hunger? Why are the American dietary staples so unsatisfying? If we turn our attention to the question of why Americans consume more food than they need while at the same time never feeling satiated, we can begin to question the very staples that have come to define what scientists call the Western-style diet. The foods that symbolize American cuisine, burgers, fries, pizza, hot dogs, onion rings, corndogs and the many variations thereof, all share a common nutritional pattern. The meat-sugar-fat triumvirate that has come to exemplify American diet is deficient in a critical nutrient that the nutritional community has overlooked boiled starch!
In the last forty years, our consumption of boiled starches, i.e. beans, potatoes, and rice, has dramatically decreased. While scientists scramble to uncover genetic and environmental factors that they can pinpoint as the culprits behind the obesity epidemic, a dramatic change in diet has gone completely overlooked. To understand the critical role boiled starches play in the human diet, consider the fact that at the heart of all major ethnic cuisines lie boiled starches. The pasta of the Mediterranean, the rice of Asia, the beans and rice of Latin America, the rice and lentils of India, the corn and beans of Native Americans, the cassava root of Africa, the potato of South America and later Ireland. Consider the very technological innovation our species made in order to first gain the ability to boil water and thus have access to the starch available in rice, millet, beans, lentils, quinoa and later developing agricultural communities built around the cultivation of these critical staple foods. The importance of boiled starch cannot be emphasized enough in its ability to both satisfy hunger and fuel our muscles by allowing us to store the energy in the form of glycogen.
Though many scientists have chosen to implicate carbohydrates in the obesity epidemic, a closer look reveals that our carbohydrate staples have undergone a dramatic shift from dinner carbs like mashed potatoes, beans, rice, and pasta to dessert carbs in form of French fries, breads, sugary cereals, cakes, crackers, and the infinite forms of snack foods that Americans undoubtedly cannot stop eating. Baked and fried carbohydrates dominate our daily diet, and we are paying a high price for banishing the boiled starches that have sustained us for thousands of years.
This website is aimed at fighting back against the war on carbohydrates. As trained scientists, our aim is to dispel the myths surrounding carbohydrates and the misconceptions about obesity while simultaneously offering practical dietary advice. While other dietary gurus promote a low-carb ideology that skirts the issue of sustainability, we are firmly committed to the principles of sustainability with the science to back it up. We hope you explore our site and become a member of the resistance movement!