The Truth About Carbohydrates

A Clip From The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell

‘…An unfortunate outcome of the recent popularity of diet books is that people are more confused than ever about the health value of carbohydrates.  As you will see in this book, there is a mountain of scientific evidence to show that the healthiest diet you can possibly consume is a high-carbohydrate diet.  It has been shown to reverse heart disease, reverse diabetes, prevent a plethora of chronic diseases, and yes, to cause significant weight loss.  But it’s not quite as simple as that.

At least 99% of the carbohydrates that we consume are derived from fruits, vegetables and grains. When these foods are in their unprocessed, unrefined, natural state, they are in their so-called ‘complex’ form.  This category of carbohydrates includes the many forms of dietary fiber, almost all of which remain undigested-but still provide substantial health benefits.  In addition, these complex carbohydrates from whole foods are packaged with generous amounts of vitamins, minerals and accessible energy.  Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are the healthiest foods you can consume, and they are primarily made of carbohydrates.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, there are highly processed, highly refined carbohydrates that have been stripped of their fiber, vitamins, and minerals.  Typical simple carbs are found in foods like white bread, processed snack items including crackers and chips made with white flour, sweets including pastries and candy bars and sugar-laden soft drinks.  These highly refined carbohydrates originate from grains or sugar plants, like sugar cane or the sugar beet, broken down during digestion to the simplest form, and absorbed in the body to blood sugar, glucose.

Eating this way is a bad idea.  You will not derive the health benefits of a plant-based diet eating these foods.  The health benefits of a high-carb diet come from eating the complex carbs found in whole grains, fruits and vegetables.  Eat an apple, a zucchini or a plate of brown rice topped with beans and other vegetables.’

To Be Continued…

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7 responses to “The Truth About Carbohydrates

  1. When I think of carbs I associate them with the bad carbs and need to train myself that not all carbs are bad, really interesting and can’t wait for second installment.

  2. Very educational… So many people do not have a clue about carbs. Great thing to bring into the light!!
    — Felicia

  3. petit4chocolatier

    Heather, thank you for the excellent information! A plate of brown rice and zucchini sounds delicious right now!

  4. Pingback: The China Study Weighs In | Plant Based Diet Adventures

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