My Problem With “The Truth About Carbs”
I’m not sure if you’ve seen it yet, but the BBC have made a show on “The Truth About Carbs”.
Now when it comes to stuff like this, I generally don’t watch it.
I’ve yet to watch “What the Health” on Netflix.
Instead, I choose to find the key points they’re pushing out.
And unfortunately, it’s always some form of scaremongering.
In “What the Health” they declared that eating eggs was as bad a smoking 10 cigarettes.
Yes, eggs are definitely going to kill you quicker than filling your lungs with smoke.
Please ignore such bad advice.
Eggs are actually a highly nutritious food.
So back on topic.
The Poor Aul Potato
In the “Truth About Carbs”, they chose to declare that eating one baked potato is the equivalent of consuming 19 cubes of sugar.
Jesus. H. Christ.
People are already living in fear of sugar, and now a large media outlet have told you that potatoes are filled with it.
Yet, the last time I checked, I didn’t see anyone get massively overweight just by eating potatoes.
They’re actually a great food source and are nutritious along with making you feel full.
Now in Ireland, we do have a small habit of going over the top with the spuds.
Sunday dinner you’d have boiled spuds, mashed spuds, roast spuds, maybe a few chips and we’d throw some potato salad to one side for with the tea that evening.
The potato is never going to be detrimental to your weight.
Why Carbs DO NOT Make You Fat
I repeat, carbs DO NOT make you fat.
The only way you possibly gain weight is by consistently eating too many calories on a daily basis.
It doesn’t matter whether those calories come from fish, crisps or the backdraft of a Guinness fart.
A lot of propaganda goes on to vilify carbohydrates, yet they’re not the main issue.
It was the same a few years ago with Fat.
People feared fat because it carries a lot of calories.
And the big reason they now fear carbs because they taste so good!
We can go and blame carbs for someone gaining weight.
But the reality is they gained weight because they just gorged on food.
The unfortunate reality is it normally comes in the form of biscuits, breads, crisps, alcohol, takeaways etc.
We tend to gloss over the fact that all these foods are easy to over-consume and this leads to huge amounts of calories.
Instead we look at the common denominator – carbohydrates.
All those products contain carbs, so of course it has to be carbs that are the problem.
Nothing to do with the fact you just ate 3 days worth of calories in one sitting?
Spit Or Swallow?
So another “tip” he recommends is to just swill and spit energy drinks while exercising.
This way it “tricks” your body into thinking that it now has carbs and will improve performance.
Guess what does improve performance?
Having the required glycogen levels to perform.
Can we all just stop trying to trick our bodies into things and just focus on fuelling ourselves smartly for our desired sports/performance.
Less of this sh*t that we can “hack” our body to magically lose fat.
JUST STOP EATING SO MANY CALORIES!
And sure if you want to see if you’re sensitive to carbs, just nibble a cracker and leave it in your mouth for 30 seconds.
If it changes taste then you’re okay!
Holy mother of god Fidelma.
My biggest issue with this is that so many people are now going to automatically believe they are sensitive to carbs.
When we hear something like this, it’s very easy to convince ourselves that it relates to us.
It’s like when you Google symptoms and before you know it you’ve convinced yourself that you have developed Atlantis Complex and Mad Cow Disease.
It was also the reason why so many people self diagnosed as Gluten intolerant a few years ago.
You read the symptoms of Gluten intolerance and then convinced yourself that you had all of them, without any medical diagnosis.
This article is a bit more of a rant than I like.
All I ask of you is to question things you read.
Question the validity of the information being pushed out, especially by mainstream media.
Don’t be afraid of any food groups.
Instead, focus on building your diet around lean meats, plenty of veggies and good quality fats.
When it comes to carbs, eat them.
Just be aware of the foods that you tend to overeat and possibly limit them throughout the week.
And try keep the biscuits and sweet stuff out of the house until you fancy a treat.
Because if it’s in the press, it will soon end up in your belly, regardless of how good your willpower is.
Long live the potato.