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Over the last month or so, carbohydrate consumption has received a lot of press time.  Here’s the deal with carbs – too many carbs WILL cause a variety of health problems.  Carbohydrates cause a greater insulin spike than either protein or fat, and chronically raised insulin leads to diabetes. Carbohydrates also cause inflammation throughout the body that can lead to a whole host of other problems.  Carbohydrates cause obesity (after all, cows are fed grains to fatten them up for a reason). BUT…

Not all carbohydrates are created equal.  Carbohydrates from vegetables and whole grains tend to cause fewer issues than simple carbohydrates, fructose (this includes fruit!), and sugar.  I personally don’t think carbs are evil, but I do believe they should be eaten in small amounts.  And for some people they should be very limited. Many food sources of carbohydrates are also the source of common food sensitivities – gluten probably being the most famous one – so even if you tolerate the carbs themselves okay, you might have problems with other compounds that you ingest with them. So be careful.

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