Thursday, 27 October 2011

What you can expect for a LOW FAT, HIGH CARB diet

The reason for the Low Carb, High Fat Program that I recommend comes from the myriad effects eating a High Carbohydrate and Low Fat diet has on the body

Firstly, what are Carbohydrates (Carbs)? 
Although people talk about carbs I have found they don't really know what they are.
When you understand what a carb is you will understand why they are not good for you.

Carbohydrates are classified as either simple or complex.
Examples of simple carbs are sugar and honey.  
Examples of complex carbs are food in many foods including potatoes, bread and grains.  
Simple carbs contain one sugar molecule, or two sugar molecules linked together.
Complex carbs contain many sugar molecules linked together called polysaccharides.
But all carbohydrates act like sugar in our bodies.
Complex carbs will break down more slowly than simple carbs, but they will break down into simple sugars.
Carbs are simply different forms of sugar.
So lets get real about carbs - they are sugar!

What are Fats?
Fats are also called oils. 
Fats protect the body from toxins, they help to balance the hormonal system,
Vitamins ADE, and K are fat-soluble, meaning they can only be digested, absorbed, and transported in conjunction with fats. Fats are also sources of essential fatty acids, an important dietary requirement.

There are two types of fats: saturated and unsaturated.
Examples of unsaturated fats are soybean and canola oil. They incorporate polyunsaturated oils. We are told these are 'healthy' oils.  These oils are highly unstable especially when extracted and easily go rancid.  With rancidity they become free radicals in the body.

Examples of saturated fats are coconut oil and lard from animals. We are told these a dangerous oils.  Some saturated fats provide medium chain triglyceride's (MCT oil) which some experts are starting to believe are actually an essential fatty acid in some people.  For example, people with metabolic syndrome, diabetes and Alzheimers disease (type 3 diabetes).
Formula fed to babies now include MCT oils as it has been found essential to babies health.
Mothers manufacture this fat in their breasts for breastfeeding.

There is also a third fat called Transfats 
Examples of Tranfats are margarine,  and any partially or fully hydrogenated oils.
The process of hydrogenation is used to harden vegetable oils for use in processed food, etc and to lengthen shelf life.  Although this process does make vegetable oils stable, unlike polyunsaturated oils, is also becomes a unrecognisable substance to the body and as such becomes very damaging.

We have been told for many years that saturated fats are very bad for us
This was  a ruse begun in the 1970's by a scientist called Ancel Keys who conducted a study using 26 countries for data collection.  His study was to find out the dietary reasons for heart disease. 
The only trouble is he only put his attention on 6 out of the 26 countries, the ones that concurred with his hypothesis.  If he had not been working with and for the soybean industry he would have come to a completely different dietary conclusion.  He would have found that is was a high carb/sugar consumption not a high saturated consumption that was the cause of dietary heart disease.
For reasons of industrial might (Monsanto), he was able to get his flawed message out to the masses and we have been followed his extremely flawed argument about 40 years. 

This is a list of the many health problems associated with a high carb, low fat diet:
Eating low carb, high fat can-
  • Suppress the immune system.
  • Upset the body’s hormonal balance.
  • Cause infertility.
  • Cause menopausal hot flushes.
  • Contribute to menstruation problems.
  • Lead to Alzheimer’s disease
  • Lead to Dementia
  • Lead to eczema.
  • Lead to psoriasis.
  • Lead to dermatitis.
  • Contribute to Autism.
  • Contribute to ADHD.
  • Contribute to and acne.
  • cause itchy skin rashes.
  • Upset the body's mineral balance.
  • Cause hyperactivity, anxiety, concentration difficulties, and crankiness in children.
  • Cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
  • Adversely affect children's school grades.
  • Produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
  • Contribute to a weakened defense against bacterial infection.
  • Cause kidney damage.
  • Cause kidney stones.
  • Reduce helpful HDL (high density cholesterol)
  • Increase small LDL (low density cholesterol) (Not to be confused with light fluffy LDL’s which are helpful to the body)
  • Lead to chromium deficiency.
  • Cause zinc deficiency.
  • Cause copper deficiency.
  • Cause iron deficiency.
  • Increase the bodies need for Vitamin B
  • Increase the bodies need for Vitamin C
  • Interfere with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
  • Lead to cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, and rectum (all glucose (sugar) feeding Cancers)
  • Can cause colon cancer with an increased risk in women.
  • Be a risk factor in gall bladder cancer.
  • Increase fasting levels of blood glucose.
  • Weaken eyesight.
  • Raises the level of a neurotransmitter called serotonin, which can narrow blood vessels.
  • Cause hypoglycemia.
  • Produce acidic stomach.
  • Raise adrenaline levels in children.
  • Increase the risk of coronary heart disease.
  • Speed the aging process, causing wrinkles and gray hair.
  • Lead to alcoholism.
  • Produce tooth decay
  • Increase tartar growth on the teeth.
  • Contribute to weight gain and obesity.
  • Increase the risk of Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
  • Lead to Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
  • Cause a raw, inflamed intestinal tract in person with gastric or duodenal ulcers.
  • Cause arthritis.
  • Cause asthma.
  • Cause candidiasis (yeast infection).
  • Lead to an unbalanced ratio of bacteria in the intestines.
  • Irritate the intestines.
  • Lead to the formation of gallstones.
  • Lead to the formation of kidney stones.
  • Cause ischemic heart disease.
  • Cause appendicitis.
  • Exacerbate the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
  • Exacerbate the symptoms of Epilepsy
  • Indirectly cause haemorrhoids.
  • Cause varicose veins.
  • Elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraception users.
  • Lead to periodontal disease.
  • Contributes to osteoporosis and osteopenia.
  • Contributes to saliva acidity.
  • Cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.
  • Leads to a decreased glucose tolerance.
  • Lead to decrease growth hormone.
  • Can increase total cholesterol.
  • Lead to increase in systolic blood pressure.
  • Causes the body to retain sodium in the kidneys.
  • Change the structure of protein causing interference with protein absorption.
  • Cause food allergies.
  • Lead to diabetes.
  • Cause toxaemia during pregnancy.
  • Contribute to eczema in children.
  • Can cause cardiovascular disease.
  • Impair the structure of DNA.
  • Cause cataracts.
  • Cause emphysema.
  • Cause atherosclerosis.
  • Cause free radical formation in the bloodstream.
  • Lowers the enzymes' abilities to function.
  • Cause the loss of tissue elasticity and function.
  • Cause liver cells to divide, increasing the size of the liver.
  • Increase the amount of fat in the liver.
  • Increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.
  • Overstress the pancreas, causing damage.
  • Increase the body's fluid retention.
  • Cause constipation.
  • Cause myopia (near sightedness).
  • Compromise the lining of the capillaries.
  • Cause hypertension.
  • Cause headaches, including migraines.
  • Cause an increase in delta, alpha, and theta brain waves, which can alter the mind's ability to think clearly.
  • Cause depression.
  • Increase insulin responses in those consuming high-carb diets compared to low-carb diets.
  • Increases bacterial fermentation in the colon.
  • Increase blood platelet adhesiveness, which increases risk of blood clots.
  • Lead to low hydrochloric acid in the stomach
  • Cause hyperinsulinemia
  • Cause diabetes.
  • Cause an enlarged prostate, BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia)
  • Cause less than optimal nutrition.
  • Contribute to skin cancers.
  • Can lead to age spots.
  • Cause brain fog.
  • Cause a weak bladder.
  • Cause weak rectal muscles.
  • Interfere with sexual libido.
  • Cause thrush.
  • Causes inflammation
  • Can cause GERD
  • Can cause Hypothyroidism

This list is by no means inclusive of everything that eating carbohydrate foods have been linked to in studies and anecdotally by many peoples testimonials.

So you were saying...about that new bread you found at the bakery....?

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