Not A Skinny Bitch: Carbs Are Not the Enemy!
Yes. Finally. A study absolving carbohydrates from being the bad guys. I read today in the New York Times that certain sources of protein and fat are better than other to pair with carbohydrates. You can now eat some bread and potatoes and pasta. Why you ask? Because you will live longer. That is absolutely right.
Now, do not go overboard with the carbs but use more balance. New research shows that that when you eat a few less carbs it is better for you to replace them with vegetables, beans, and nuts.
Replacing the carbs with animal fat, well that is still pretty much a no-no. There are some things that the human body just doesn’t do well. It takes days to digest some animal meats. Less is better when in comes to animal meats.
No you all know that I am NOT A SKINNY BITCH. I love meat and potatoes. But I do not choose to look like that is all that I eat and roll around the earth as a pudgeball. Here is the bottom line and you have heard it before: eat everything in moderation. Yes, you can have some bread but don’t eat the whole basket. Forget those heart-attack waiting to happen biscuits at Red Lobster. Replace that biscuit with some meatless chili.
No food is the enemy anymore unless it is processed and you cannot read the names of the ingredients because they are some chemical, additive, or preservative. If its real food, go for it.
You can eat rice. Think about it. If you have ever been to China, Japan or India, where rice is a staple and eaten almost daily, the people maintain healthful weights. The Japanese are even pretty slim. So, obviously rice doesn’t kill you. What is different about these people’s eating styles is that they eat little animal protein. When animal protein is consumed, it tends to favor poultry and fish verses the American diet which is heavily red meat.
So take heed of the new scientific research and extend your life by continuing to enjoy a variety of foods including a moderate amount of rice, pasta, potatoes, and bread. It seems to me that this study demonstrates that carbohydrates are not the enemy. It is what you eat with those carbohydrates and how much of each item that you eat. But also realize that all of our bodies are different. Some people will be like my grandfather and live until 93 eating bacon and eggs everyday for breakfast. Do you think it helped that he was a fisherman who used to go out and run around the park after dinner and swam at the Y through his late 80?s?
It is a whole lifestyle that keeps us well. Enjoy your food including the carbs. Then go out and take a walk with your family.
Dr. Veronica and this really is Wellness for the REAL World.