How to Think About Carbs

Carbs are a biological necessity — for nearly everyone.

There are three types of carbohydrates.

Each affects the body (and the gut) in vastly different ways.

Carbohydrates are the subject of decades of research and marketing, with fortunes made telling people which carbs to eat and avoid.

The diet landscape is ever-changing and splintering. Gut health is worsening globall — for many reasons other than diet.

So who can we trust? After all, there are MDs and PhDs on every sides of any dietary debate — each disagreeing vehemently with each other.

Media outlets hawk overhyped research, complete with click-bait headlines.

Meanwhile, the average person and avid health-seeker alike are lost amid a maelstrom of conflicting suggestions and dietary rules.

Consider this quote:

“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor.” (2009)

Dr. Marcia Angell — Harvard, former editor New England Journal of Medicine
…or this quote:

“The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue.”

Dr. Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet*

*The Lancet is the world’s best known medical journal

Of all the research being conducted around the world, perhaps none is as compromised as nutrition research.

And in the decade-plus since Angell’s observation, the problems with nutrition research have not been rectified — not in the slightest.

There are too many people — with varying gut microbiomes and health histories — for dietary research to understand each person equally.

September 2018

This incomplete state of dietary consensus means that:

  • Doctors — both medical and naturopathic — don’t always know the best advice to give patients
  • Internet salespeople can sell over-hyped, imbalanced approaches — separating you from your money and, often, your health

Let’s cut through the messy dietary landscape — and find the tools you need to identify the best diet for you.

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Understand how each type of carbohydrate affects:
  • digestion
  • sleep
  • mental focus
  • energy

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