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What's Wrong With Eating Low Carb?
Elaine Magee, MPH, RD posted:
Generally a really low carbohydrate eating plan is not desirable for most people because our brain and our muscles prefer to run on carbohydrate fuel and the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet are actually considered sources of carbohydrates such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables and beans.

The American Dietetic Association and the American Heart Association do not recommend low-carbohydrate diets. People who have serious medical conditions, such as kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure, should talk to a doctor before starting a low-carbohydrate diet.

If there is a medical or physician-prescribed reason for limiting carbohydrates, the "go-to" foods would consist mainly of lean meats, eggs, nuts, olives and olive oil.

To give you an are some low carbohydrate snacks with some nutritional value and an emphasis on smart fats:

  • Turkey & Cheese Roll-Ups
  • Side Salad topped with hard-boiled egg or avocado
  • Non-starchy vegetables, in general, are actually fairly low in carbohydrate because they are low in calories (17 grams carbohydrates for example in a large artichoke)
  • Shrimp cocktail (add some avocado for additional smart fat)
  • Grilled Chicken Caesar salad (typical fast food serving contains about 12 grams carbohydrate without dressing)
  • Handful of nuts
  • Beans do contribute high quality carbohydrate but since they are also high in protein they can be lower in carbohydrate in modest size servings like 3/4 cup shelled edamame or 1/4-cup hummus.
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evergreen62 responded:
During the slow months of winter, I just love curling up in front of YouTube and watching the low fat vs low carb debates. My favorite is Gary Taubes vs Dean Ornish. Both these gentlemen are very well versed in their respective arguments. The Oz/Taubes debate isn't too shabby either.
bettyrice responded:
The reason I say No to your question is because I have heart
disease and my doctor put me on a low/no carb diet in order
to keep from getting diabetes. Is that a correct way to go?
mkent111 responded:
I don't think there is anything wrong with eating low carb, as long as you do consume some carbs. Carbs will help fuel your body and burn fat. If you aren't eating carbs then your body will most likely hold onto the fat to fuel itself. I am thinking about doing carb cycling, has anyone done this??
rohvannyn replied to bettyrice's response:
I don't see anything wrong with a low carb diet either. It's next to impossible to actually have a no carb diet, so people's concerns over that are somewhat unfounded. Get plenty of protein, don't be afraid of fat (obviously don't massively overdo that either) and stay away from refined sugar. Limit fruit juices and honey and such things also, if you do want something sweet make sure that it's in a natural form, like a piece of fruit. You may want to look at the Paleo Diet, not for something to slavishly follow, but for great food ideas and recipe inspiration.

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