Six Reasons to Eat a High-Carb Diet

High-Carb diets are pretty popular in some circles. Like most fad diets, it will die off – or, unfortunately, the gullible will.

Eating a high-carb diet is downright dangerous. The only society who has eaten a high-carb diet is us. Now. Historically, the United States has become the largest carb-munchers ever. High-carb, and of course low fat, and naturally disease is on the rise.

But maybe there are benefits after all. Here are some reasons I came up with why you should eat a high-carb diet…

#6 You like needles

If you like needles, chug down that high-fructose soda chuck full of carbs. Your wonderfully-made body will deal with all that sugar in your system for now, but sooner or later you’ll be diagnosed with diabetes due to all that high fructose and will have to shoot up insulin.

#5 You like public restrooms

One of the symptoms of diabetes is frequent urination. It’s not so bad, really, when you have a really great bathroom. But public restrooms can be…icky.

#4 You like being hungry

Let’s face it, eating carbs makes you hungry. Your blood sugar goes high, then real low, giving you the shakes. You’re doing the Elvis in your kitchen two hours after a high-carb meal. Not cool.

#3 You just got a new bed

Hey, I don’t blame you. You get a new bed, the covers are cozy, and you don’t want to get up. This is a really good reason! So eat those carbs, your fatigue will increase, and you’ll have an excuse for some bed rest.

#2 You want to donate blood

It’s commendable. Really it is. But there are better ways to donate blood rather then via slow wound healing caused by diabetes (caused by insulin resistance, caused by eating a high carb diet!).

#1 Reason: You want to lose weight

No, really! Eat all the carbs you want, and you’ll lose weight.

From amputation.

Just ask anyone with diabetes who’s had to lose their toes, feet, and legs.

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Six Reasons to Eat a High-Carb Diet — 19 Comments

  1. Wow. Pretty scary what the consequences can be in the long term. Over the last couple of years I’ve experimented with eating higher or lower carb while doing the GAPS Diet, and my body does much better with lower carbs. I’m just glad I’m willing to eat lower carb to avoid some of the issues that can be caused by our bodies getting worn out. I work with people who are blind and visually impaired and a good deal is directly related to diabetes. When we’re young and feel healthy it’s hard to get serious about the risks.

  2. I am a member of WAPF and agree that processed grains are not good for a persons health. However, not sure I am comfortable with your sarcasm. It has a judgmental tone. I work with people who are very sick, have been for years and clearly they are not thinking right, there brains are starved of nutrients, they are no longer making serotonin nor dopamine natural, they need a stimulant to get there brains to produce endorphins and the “feel good” only last temporarily so the brain signal that they are hunger, and they crave these foods that turn into sugar that stimulate the brain to give them a good feeling. When we write in such a sarcastic tone it paints a “ugly” picture of the whole group. We can be direct and eloquent at the same time. And, at the same time let me commend you for taking responsibility for your health, your families and for all the work you do here on your website. Much Love and God Bless

      • Oh, my! I’ve been away and just read this today, Sunday, April 1st, of course, without checking the posted date. An eye-opener, with a twist of April fools thrown in. Still got my attention. Thanks1eiduch

  3. I know I should not be laughing, since my father passed away a decade ago from Type II, and his mother after an amputation. All three of his siblings also had it. (A perfect storm of lifestyle and genetics.) And then there’s the several aunts, uncles, and cousins on my mom’s side with it…

    No, I should not be laughing, but your sarcasm is too good.

    • Thank you for your comment, Laura. I, too, had a friend pass away from complications of diabetes. He lost his legs (eventually) due to diabetes. It’s very sad what mis-information can do to people.

  4. But, what are you considering high carb? I find this means different things to different folks! How many grams of carbs do you feel is reasonable, for any given day?

    • High-carb will mean different things to different people depending on their current state of health, and their activity level. But your typical blogging mom (like me) should stay away from trying to achieve a goal of consuming at least 300 grams of carbs a day. Carbs such as ice cream and pretzels for dinner, in my opinion, isn’t a wise choice.

      My husband is diabetic. For him, more than 10 grams per meal is plenty. In fact, it’s often less than 10 for the entire day. He’s slowly working with his body to bring that number up safely, by choosing carbs that come with fiber and consuming them with fat since both fiber and fat help slow the rate the glucose enters the bloodstream, and by avoiding all starches, refined carbs, bread, pasta, etc. An example of something he does eat that is carbs with fiber and fat would be wild rice with butter.

      My kids and I can tolerate more carbs since we aren’t diabetic. I honestly can’t tell you how many we eat, since I am not a conscious carb-counter. We do avoid all white breads/sugars/pasta, etc., and make sure 90% of our carbs come from beans, rice such as basmati, quinoa, vegetables, and very limited fruit. I am guessing we consume around 100 grams a day, but I’d have to start a journal to be able to tell you (and plan on doing that, out of curiosity).

      The point is, to STRIVE to eat large amounts of carbs, any carbs, and particularly starchy ones, in my opinion, is dangerous. Your body will work with you for a time. Your body will create more and more insulin to compensate for the high-carb diet, but eventually it will “burn out” and not be able to keep up. Then you’re in real trouble.

  5. Lea! Love it! I spent 3 years as head of security in a hopital in Stockton, CA. I would watch, over the years, as some of the diabetes patients would walk on in for treatments and check ups, then they would come in limping, because they had toes removed, then on crutches, because they lost the lower part of their leg to amputation, then in wheelchairs, because they had to have their legs amputated. The real funny part? Is that the Dr.’s cutting off bits and pieces were telling them to lose weight, how? By eating a high carb, low fat diet. Kinda makes you wonder about Dr.’s and their job security, don’t it?

  6. I’m unaware of anyone who advocates a diet high in simple carbs. High-carb could consist of low-glycemic foods like sweet potato, brown rice, fruit, etc.

    Take the Okinawans for example. Traditional diet was nearly 80% carbs from sweet potatoes. It’s a little lower these days, but they’re incredibly lean, disease-free, and until fast food took over the island, the longest-living people on earth!

  7. Don’t assume everyone will have the same outcome when it comes to carbs. Food exists for a reason and many carbs are on the food pyramid as long as you eat in moderation. Not everyone will have to get diabetes or amputated limbs. That’s not funny to joke about.

    People need to stop being so scared of food, a source of supply that’s always been there for humans to keep us going. If you wanna deprive yourself of food because you hate carbs, that’s you. But don’t use scare tactics to judge others.

    If chugging down ONE soda is so bad for you, if bread was bad for you, if fast food was SO bad for you even at the small amount, it wouldnt be approved by FDA. Because why would government purposely be killing our society if carbs where THAT BAD?? Think about it. True, eating only carbs at a high amount is bad but; it’s not dangerous to indulge every now and then in the right amount.

  8. I don’t know of anyone that advocates a high-carb diet based on soda, ice cream, and pretzels. Those are not foods; it’s man-made junk!
    When scientists and health advocates talk about high-carb, they are talking about lots of fruits, veggies, and whole grains. Very simple, natural foods. Do you think people really are getting overweight from eating too much white rice and bananas? Look at all the other junk people eat!!

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