Carbohydrights

There was a double-page feature in the paper this week which really annoyed me.

The headline, also on a banner on the front page, was something along the lines of “Yes you CAN eat carbohydrates and lose weight”.

Why yes, I thought, you can – so why the huge fuss?

Intrigued, I had a look at the piece, which started “For years, they’ve been a no-no”. It later says “studies have shown that not all carbs are bad”. Really??!

It was about a new diet taking everywhere by storm which actually, gasp, encourages people to eat carbohydrates. Well thank the good lord for that.

To be fair to the creators of this diet, it looks great because it seems just to advocate balanced, healthy eating.

But this whole “carbs are bad” rubbish really annoys me. Yes, if you eat huge amounts of sugar, white flour, biscuits, etc, you’re not likely to lose weight but porridge, wholegrain bread and brown rice? As long as you’re eating sensible amounts, of course you be healthy, lose weight, whatever!

The key to health, which I think is the main thing, is eating a balanced diet. And that includes protein, fats, fibre, vitamins and minerals, water – and CARBOHYDRATES.

And just to help raise the profile of the poor victimised carbohydrate…

Buckwheat pancakes

Carbohydrates for breakfast…

Butternut porridge

For lunch:

Home-made mushroom soup and GF wholegrain bread

And for dinner:

Wholegrain GF crepes

I know Natalie will agree me here but woop for carbohydrates 🙂

What are your thoughts on all this? Have a great Saturday!

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23 Responses to Carbohydrights

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  2. cottercrunch says:

    oh that is rubbish. I agree. People go to extremes sometimes. We need balance, not avoidance. right?

  3. Oh, that mushroom soup looks amazing! Have you posted a recipe or plan on it? I love that stuff!

  4. ~Jessica~ says:

    Cutting out an entire food group simply isn’t necessary in my opinion. And you’re living proof that eating carbs does not cause weight gain! The only people that need to cut carbs are people for whom its integral to their lifestyle, Bodybuilders in a cutting phase, for example (carbs=an element of water retention around the muscles). Also, some people’s bodies do function on a lower level of carbohydrates and a greater amount of protein, but there’s no one size fits all solution and really the notion that all carbs are bad news is probably the worst diet myth ever to be invented.

    xxx

    • That’s exactly it – no one’s the same so you have to find out what works for you but it does beggar belief that so many people have been led to believe that all carbohydrates are bad or fattening!
      Good point about the bodybuilders too; hadn’t thought of that 🙂

  5. I am so with you. Basically the no carb thing boils down to a quick-fix diet for people who are too lazy to get up and workout AND to eat healthy. I have a friend who always says she does better on low/no carbs. But the second she reintroduces them into her diet, it goes downhill. But it’s not the healthy carbs and she doesn’t get in exercise. You need carbs to properly fuel the body. And there is a huge difference in the types of carbs you eat, just like the types of fat. Ok, off soap box 😉

    • Exactly- it’s all about proper fuel and wholegrain carbs keep you fuller for longer but they’ve got to be the right ones and as part of a healthy life!
      And yep, fats too; the whole “low-fat” thing is almost as bad in some ways!

  6. GroundCherry says:

    Oh, the media does a terribly job of reporting on nutrition. Carbs are not evil, and nobody with any sense has said that they are. Beans, vegetables, whole grains, and fruit are all great sources of nutrients and….. *gasp* carbs. It’s the same thing with fat. You need fat. You need carbs. You also need protein, but that’s usually not a problem. (Sugar, on the other hand, is straight up empty calories. Which doesn’t mean they are evil, just that someone on a diet should probably avoid added sugars. Surprise! That’s what nutritionists and diets said three or four generations ago.)

    It also drives me nuts when they do the features on “gluten-free” as a way to lose weight. It’s not the gluten-free that leads to weight loss. It’s either eating less processed food or the fact that someone was gluten sensitive and they started actually absorbing the nutrients in their food.

    • I completely agree – it’s common sense, just like it always has been! And I also agree on the GF thing; people assume it’s healthier but it doesn’t have to be; you’re so right 🙂
      Thanks for the comment!

  7. Natalie says:

    aww thanks for mentioning me sweet girl =) im glad you’re with me on this one! and all your food looks delicious, especially that butternut porridge! creative!

  8. I’ve been learning so much about this while studying for my diet and nutrition advisor course. Unfortunatley I was one of those people that did the low carb thing and it worked for me and I lost weight (as anyone would when they cut out so much from their diet!) I actually used to really watch how many carbs I ate until about Sept last year when I went veggie and fully embraced low GI (I think thats the key thing – as you say, cakes and biccies are no good) carbs and wholegrains and I was amazed that I lost even more! It just goes to show how much mis information there is out there, no wonder people don’t know what to do for the best most of the time. I adore carbs now, love love love!

    • That low GI thing is one of those ways of eating that really seems to make sense! Really interesting to hear that you did do both and could see it happening… and yep, carb-lovers unite!

  9. Maria says:

    I saw that post by Nathalie too- so right. I think there needs to be a clear difference between refined carbs and wholegrain carbs which are full of b vitamins and contain protein and other nutrients that our bodies need. Plus provide slow release energy etc.
    Faddy things annoy me so much!
    Also you could eat only one doughnut per day and lose weight because that is not enough calories, but it is not healthy or sustainable. Silly faddy diets!

    • By definition, most fad or quick-fix diets are rubbish I think!
      And that’s exactly it; you could have doughnuts for breakfast, lunch and dinner, lose weight and be incredibly unhealthy – it’s just rubbish 🙂

  10. I saw that headline too, but I didn’t get as far as reading the article.

    I didn’t notice when carbohydrates became “bad” – haven’t they always been part of a balanced diet?

  11. I totally agree with you! It makes me cringe to hear people demonize carbs. Obviously, refined carbs aren’t terrific, but anyone that’s going to give up whole foods like fruits, veggies, and whole grains to avoid carbs is nuts! One of my co-workers doesn’t eat any fruit or vegetables because they have carbs- SO weird!!

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