As sure as the sun rises in the East and the flu virus arrives on our shores each autumn, I can count on the annual uprising against carbs every January.
Anti-carb movements have come in many forms in my lifetime.
There was the all-out war waged by Atkins devotees in the 1970s and 1980s, and a more selective discrimination against so-called “high-glycemic carbs” led by followers of the South Beach and Zone diets in the 1990s. The new millennium brought us anti-carb crusaders slamming the likes of gluten and, more recently, Paleo-inspired diets have celebrated eschewing all grains – as well as carb-containing beans and potatoes. The latest trend toward “ketogenic” diets is an even more extreme version of Atkins in which followers aim to take in so few carbs that they make the late Robert Atkins look like Willy Wonka.
Most Americans love to hate carbs. I am not one of them. In fact, I recommend that my patients always include a good portion of carbs with breakfast when they’re seeking weight loss and better blood sugar control. That’s right: I believe carbs are so important that they deserve to be embraced early in the day. Really!
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