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jc3737 posted:
What about the rural non westernized Chinese that eat a diet that is over 90% rice.....massive amounts of carbs....diet is nearly 100% carbs.They don't get diabetes or heart disease....and very little cancer.What is going on/
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nutrijoy responded:
You seem to have a bias towards reports and studies that conform to old, outdated views on carbohydrate effects on BG levels or embrace only those that support McDougall's and the ADA's viewpoints. In the case of China, just dig a little deeper and you'll find that diabetes is increasing at almost epidemic-like rates in the urban environment. In smaller villages and remote areas, that is not the case and the key difference between the two groups rests with two key factors: processed foods and activity. City dwellers now consume far more processed foods as a percentage of their diets (just like we in the West do). Most urban dwellers are also far less active physically than their counterparts in non-urban locations.

Just go to your local library and leaf through archived issues of Life Magazine during the early fifties. The most striking thing you will instantly notice is that photos of overweight people are in scarce supply. Back then, people didn't have a lot of processed foods in their diet and GMOs were completely non-existent. Moreover, a lot of folks still walked to work and were much more active compared to contemporary society. And they didn't have to go to gyms back then. If you haven't yet read Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis, why not spend a few hours getting familiar with his views? It may expand your own outlook and be more willing to accept that carbs definitely do impact blood sugars but can be better tolerated by those who have physically active lifestyles as part of daily living.
 
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brunosbud responded:
Many impoverished Asian cultures, yes, consume boo-koo carbs. But, their carbs come out of the ground, not a machine. They eat roots. They're whole grain eaters. They're vegetable and fruit eaters. Plus, they like working in the fields. They're forced to grow crops because their per capital income levels have yet to reach Costco, Amazon and Walmart thresholds. Plus, their genetic makeup is different from ours. People in these parts of the world are teased, mercilessly, for having a bodyfat percentage of 20%.


  • They are not sugar eaters.
  • They are not refined starch eaters.
  • They are not red meat eaters.
  • They are not drug takers.
  • They are not soda and beer drinkers.
  • They are few "desk" jobs (in fact, they are few desks)

In other words, they are not having any "fun" nor are they as educated as us...