If you’re as old as I am, you’ve been around the block with the carbohydrate question too many times to count. Even if you’re younger, you’re still likely a veteran of the carbohydrate wars. Has any nutrient gotten as much negative attention over the last 50 years of weight worrying in America as carbohydrates?
Yet I’ll bet most of us take a second look any time we see something else written on the subject.
That’s what I did when the most recent Journal of The American Dietetic Association (JADA) crossed my desk. And believe me, it takes a lot for me to crack one of those babies open. Usually it’s because I need to get a few extra continuing education credits. (Nothing personal, JADA; my time is just consumed with other things these days…like Twitter.)
What got my attention was a study of healthy Canadians that showed eating less than 47% of calories from carbohydrate was associated with a greater risk of being overweight or obese. And eating as much as 64% of calories from carbs was still associated with healthy weights. Suggesting that low-carb diets increase chances of becoming overweight or obese.
The researchers weren’t able to look at specific types of carbohydrates consumed but through some machinations, were able to conclude what most of us also already know: the quality of the carbohydrates is key. It’s those in whole grains, vegetables and fruits that are going to help keep us healthy, not their refined cousins.
Which led other scientists to emphasize in an editorial that as the U.S. embarks on another revision of its Dietary Guidelines, it’s time to “refine” the association between carbohydrate intake and obesity.
Everyone’s trying to be a comedian these days.
How about you? Can you laugh at your past weight loss efforts? If you can, it may be a good sign that you’re through the worst of it.
For some yummy whole grain goodness, check out the Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins with Cranberries & Walnuts pictured in the photo, from Pinch My Salt.