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6 convincing reasons you should keep carbs in your diet

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., July 12, 2010 - 12:04pm

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Brierley asks: What carb has a permanent place in your diet?


Your article is way out of line and exactly why our country is in trouble and continues to grow heavier and sicker by the year. First, learn how many carbs or more easily put SUGAR THE HUMAN BODY really needs to function throughout the day being a moderately active person. Then I challenge you to take 10 people and put 1/2 of those people on low glycemic no starch carbs having most of their calories coming from quality protein and heart health fats and the other 1/2 on the starches you say can help them lose fat and report back to me your results. I am 100% certain you will change your article. Confusing misinformation like this is the catalyst behind the major problem we are seeing with obesity and chronic disease.


07/26/2013 - 4:35pm

You should probably put a disclaimer at the top of your article to let anyone that's reading know that what you're writing isn't even remotely based on actual science, but on opinion. Or dogma, if you'd prefer.


10/03/2010 - 9:51am

"eating “slow-release” carbohydrates didn’t spike blood sugar as high as eating refined carbohydrates, such as white toast. In turn, insulin levels didn’t spike as high and because insulin plays a role in signaling your body to store fat..."

Following this line of thought, one might logically conclude that eliminating carbs from one's diet will mean no insulin production, and no signals to store fat.

Why settle for 'not quite as bad' carbs when you can have no carbs at all?


09/26/2010 - 12:52am

I've live in Japan and northern Europe where people eat rice, potatoes or bread with every meal. Hardly a fatty to be seen. I don't buy the "diet" craze at all. Simply eat reasonable portions of whole natural food and get off your rear and move every day. It's not a "diet", it's a way of life and thats that.

Those who are too busy counting 'carbs' are not seeing the whole picture.

The fat American tourists in Italy were funny to watch as they asked their trim servers about "no carb" alternatives to pasta and pizza.


09/25/2010 - 1:16am

'Whole grains are better than refined carbohydrates' is not even slightly an argument to keep carbohydrates in your diet. Of course whole grains are better than starchy and sugary foods. That doesn't mean they're better than not eating the carbohydrates in the first place, which you did not address at all in these points.

Fiber has nothing to do with a low-carb diet. People on low-carb diets actually tend to eat a lot of fiber. Fiber does not work in your body like normal carbohydrates do. It is only very technically a carbohydrate and is not at all restricted. The benefits of fiber are absolutely irrelevant to a discussion on low-carb dieting.

'One study showed x after they had been on the diet for a week' is horrible reason to cite, even assuming the study was carried out properly and the results were interpreted accurately. A low-carb diet takes 2-4 weeks for the body to adjust to. Taking a picture of ANY results after one week on ANY diet is short-sighted.

I'm not sold on low-carb diets being right for everyone, but they work well for many people, and this is not at all a reasonable refutation of them.


09/19/2010 - 12:03am

Brown rice; it is really tasty and versatile.


07/30/2010 - 8:20am

I think this is a great post to promote healthy carbs- I try to make fruits and veggies the bottom of my pyramid and get my carbs from these sources- then having some grains whether it is bread, oatmeal or pasta in smaller amounts to add to any protein we are having for dinner. As my teens get older, they are starting to do this too. Great for adding phytochemicals and colors to my diet but also having great variety and taste.


07/29/2010 - 2:54pm

Pasta!!!! We love it...and I am pretty darn sure we could and maybe sometimes do, eat it every night of the week! Our favorite is Kamut Wheat pasta and I have never felt guilty about eating it all the time since it is full of vitamins, minerals and all kinds of good nutrition. I am so excited now though to know how important carbs really are!


07/25/2010 - 9:52am

I don't have a carb that is permanent, but I do have a question that I haven't been able to find the answer for anywhere.
On all the packaging nutrition information it breaks carbs down to fiber and sugar. What I want to know is what are the carbs that are left over. Say that a product has 22g of carbs 7 of which are fiber and 3 of which are sugar.... what are the remaining 12 carbs and how do I manage them?


07/21/2010 - 11:24am

Flatout Light flatbread. I make pizzas out of them. :)


07/20/2010 - 11:00pm

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