It seems that recently people have found a great pleasure in telling me that they don’t eat carbs anymore. Some people (whose names I need not mention, they know exactly who they are) mostly do it to get a reaction out of me, I think…I hope. It really does wind me up.
Because I hear it so often.
“Carbohydrates are manufactured by plants and are a major source of energy in the diet” from my textbook Krause’s Food and Nutrition Therapy (I know, I get 0 for that pathetic attempt at referencing) Anyway…there are different types of carbohydrates; monosaccharides, disaccharides, oligosaccharides and polysaccharides. What this means is that some carbs are simple and more refined while others are complex and well, less refined.
What most people forget is that sugar is a source of carbohydrates, along with everything that contains sugar like sweets and sweetened drinks.
Let’s clear up a major misperception – the word ‘carbs’ does NOT mean bread. Just because you eat less bread does not mean you don’t eat carbs. A lot of the food you ate today had carbohydrates in it. Fruit contains carbs, vegetables, juice, Coke, milk, beer, sauces…I could go on.
And for those who don’t eat carbs but only eat starch…it’s the same thing. Starch isa carbohydrate.
Oh Tim Noakes….I have nothing against him. He is highly qualified, a great sports scientist and a few other things and I’m sure he knows what he’s talking about. My problem is that people have bought into the latest craze and have chosen convenient parts of his diet to follow. Please don’t sit on your couch all day eating sausage and butter telling me “Tim Noakes said I must eat fat and butter and full cream milk”.
Because of people like Tim Noakes, dietitians have been under attack and criticized for not willing to change our views and sticking to what we’ve been taught. For the most part, this is untrue. We are scientists. There’s always new research and we have to keep up with it.
Personally, I don’t believe it’s necessary to cut out any food group to be healthy, but I am open to the latest findings. I don’t believe in diets but I can’t stop you from dieting. All I would like to do is help you get the basics right. Know what you’re talking about and most importantly know what you’re eating.
Dietitians love this cheesy line “If it’s about nutrition, ask a dietitian” but I agree 100%. This is our science.
PS: I know many great dietitians in private practice obtaining amazing results with their clients and would be happy to pass their names to you if you’re interested ;)
Health and happiness :)