Quick Links: LA Times on Carbs

Forgive me for coming late to this one. The LA Times published this in December, but I wanted to link to it because it’s one of the most concise and matter-of-fact summaries of the low-carb movement I’ve seen.

Carbs wouldn’t be an issue if our metabolisms were designed to handle them. But as Dr. Stephen Phinney of UC Davis points out, “Over time, as our bodies get tired of processing high loads of carbs, which evolution didn’t prepare us for…how the body responds to insulin can change,” he says.

I can certainly attest to that. Junk food didn’t phase me for the first 30 years of my life, but then, it did. We call it “aging,” we say our metabolisms are slowing down. While aging is no joke, I think we’ve been selling ourselves short by rationalizing something that felt beyond our control. Luckily, it’s not.

The article provides what I think is one of the best ways of explaining why we eat Paleo/Primal. Keep this in mind the next time Uncle Joe teases you about your diet:

One way to put our diet in perspective is to imagine the face of a clock with 24 hours on it. Each hour represents 100,000 years that humans have been on the Earth.

On this clock, the advent of agriculture and refined grains would have appeared at about 11:54 p.m. (23 hours and 54 minutes into the day). Before that, humans were hunters and gatherers, eating animals and plants off the land.


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