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Old 02-08-2015, 17:50   #1
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Default Carbs: NOT Essential Nutrients

Are carbs an essential nutrient? I personally don't think so, but so many diabetics think they are, probably because of the ADA standards.

If it were possible to eliminate ALL carbs from one's diet, therotically could you still live a healthy life?

My diabetic friend firmly stated carbs are necessary for energy. I tried to tell him about fat and ketones, but I just got a blank stare back.

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I would say for me it depends on where the carbs come from (source). Grains? Starches? Junk, sweets, deserts? Legumes? No. Raw and cooked non starch vegetables, small amounts of berries/an occasional one half of a skin-on apple? Yes.

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This is not a YMMV issue, carbs are NOT essential nutrients, and if we were able to reduce our consumption to zero, we could survive and thrive. It's just that it's nearly impossible to get to zero carbs.

The scientific explanation, from Dr. Eric Westman:
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There is certainly no evidence from which to conclude that extreme restriction of dietary carbohydrate is harmless, [and] there is similarly little evidence to conclude that extreme restriction of carbohydrate is harmful. In fact, the consequential breakdown of fat as a result of carbohydrate restriction may be beneficial in the treatment of obesity (7). Perhaps it is time to carefully examine the issue of whether carbohydrate is an essential component of human nutrition.
And in layman's language, complete with misspellings & other grammatical detours. Carbohydrate is NOT essential for your health




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I agree entirely with Shanny. Carbohydrates offer nothing that cannot be obtained from the other food groups.

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I think this is established science, not an ongoing debate except among some bloggers in the internet. AFAIK, the definitive and allegedly "final" list of essential nutrients has been compiled and agreed upon and there is not a single carbohydrate - nor any nutrient that you would have to eat a carbohydrate food to get - on the entire list.

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You could survive not eating any carbohydrates at all, getting micronutrients becomes a problem unless your a fan of eating organ meats.

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The Inuit have proven that you don't need carbs in order to get all your nutrients.

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The Inuits left nothing to waste when it came to eating wild animals though, organs and all.

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I am not a picky eater, but somehow, seal blubber just doesn't do it for me.

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Unless seal blubber tastes like bacon

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