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FRUIT VS FROOT LOOPS: Are carbs really the enemy?

Updated: Mar 3, 2022

You've most certainly heard the phrase: "carbs are the enemy". I'm hoping the person who made that statement wasn't a registered dietitian or a medical doctor, although if they were, I’m guessing they sell lifestyle books or wellness programs. Turns out I was partly right. In fact, carbs have been vilified since the dawn of the low-carb diet. In the 1970's, Dr Robert Atkins, the father of the low-carb movement, published his Diet Revolution books, which went on to sell over 15 million copies. He encouraged people to cut out all carbs and focus mainly on foods that contained the two other macronutrients: protein and fat. No wonder this dietary pattern became so popular. People were told to eat bacon, cheese and fried chicken, and even though prestigious scientific journals called these dietary recommendations dangerous and irresponsible, the damage to carb's reputation was already done.

Macronutrients are required for survival. The word "macro" means big, or large, and we need macronutrients in large amounts to survive and reproduce. You've probably already guessed that micronutrients are required in smaller amounts for optimal health. There are three macronutrients, or “macros”: carbohydrates, also called carbs, protein and fat. Today, we'll talk about carbohydrates and we'll focus mostly on the intake of carbs and its relation to health and longevity.

Right off the bat, I got some interesting and constructive messages from people who had already read this article. Seems like people tend to take some claims quite literally, even when healthy doses of sarcasm are used. This is why I’ll add a disclaimer here! Even if I believe that most carbs can play a part of a healthy diet, I’m not encouraging uncontrolled diabetic to become fruitarians or to drink smoothies for breakfast, lunch and supper. Thanks for always remaining respectful in the comments section.