Sugar: How to tell “good” carbs from “carbage”

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“The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.”  – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

In my last post I discussed the importance of calories from foods and why they are important to maintain a steady metabolism and how low-calorie diets can be detrimental to health as well as promote weight gain, rather than weight loss.  I also pointed out that calories differ depending on where you obtain them from.  A calorie from fat is different than a calorie from carbohydrates, etc.  They are different because each macronutrient- fat, carbohydrates, and protein- all have different metabolic pathways and all have numerous factors that affect how well they are metabolized.  Today I’m going to focus on carbohydrates; which happens to be the macronutrient with the most variables involved in how it gets broken down and used for energy.  Just like a calorie is not just a calorie, the same holds true for carbohydrates.  A carb is not just a carb. Continue reading