• Jackie Lede

What is the deal with carbs anyway?


Who made up that we should be cutting out carbohydrates in order to achieve our health goals?⁣ ⁣ As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, there is nothing more frustrating than watching the new diet trends come out and affect the way people are eating. ⁣ ⁣ Often the claims against certain foods have no scientific backing or human clinical trial studies to show us that this new trend is healthy for us. They are usually based on a quick fix solution, often causing more damage in the long run than we understand. ⁣ ⁣ Not all carbohydrates are created evenly, not even close. How can you compare eating a white flour muffin loaded with sugar to whole grain sourdough bread? Or cereal that comes in a box to steel cut oats? Even the notion of restricting our vegetable intake because there are too many carbs in them (hello Keto diet), is absolutely crazy to me. ⁣ ⁣ Carbohydrates give us energy and is the preferred source for the body to use. They give us the majority of our fiber in our diet, which ultimately creates our microbiome, our immune system and the health of our digestive system. They feed our good bacteria which allow us to make our happy neurotransmitter Serotonin which directly affects depression, anxiety and our mood in general. These are just a few of the benefits that carbohydrates give us, there are many more. ⁣ ⁣ If you are someone that follows the trends, I ask you to be careful. And I sympathize! Even I can get caught up in them and question whether I should be doing that or not. The trends are so captivating, it is hard not to get wrapped up in them. ⁣ ⁣ Please don’t listen to everything you hear out there. Ask for the proof. Ask them for the research of the long term affects that will happen from going on this diet.⁣ ⁣ And most importantly, have a health professional that you trust that can help you stay grounded in what is true and best for the body long term.

Who made up that we should be cutting out carbohydrates in order to achieve our health goals?⁣ ⁣ As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, there is nothing more frustrating than watching the new diet trends come out and affect the way people are eating. ⁣ ⁣ Often the claims against certain foods have no scientific backing or human clinical trial studies to show us that this new trend is healthy for us. They are usually based on a quick fix solution, often causing more damage in the long run than we understand. ⁣ ⁣ Not all carbohydrates are created evenly, not even close. How can you compare eating a white flour muffin loaded with sugar to whole grain sourdough bread? Or cereal that comes in a box to steel-cut oats? Even the notion of restricting our vegetable intake because there are too many carbs in them (hello Keto diet), is absolutely crazy to me. ⁣ ⁣ Carbohydrates give us energy and is the preferred source for the body to use. They give us the majority of our fiber in our diet, which ultimately creates our microbiome, our immune system and the health of our digestive system. They feed our good bacteria which allow us to make our happy neurotransmitter Serotonin which directly affects depression, anxiety and our mood in general. These are just a few of the benefits that carbohydrates give us, there are many more. ⁣ ⁣ If you are someone that follows the trends, I ask you to be careful. And I sympathize! Even I can get caught up in them and question whether I should be doing that or not. The trends are so captivating, it is hard not to get wrapped up in them. ⁣ ⁣ Please don’t listen to everything you hear out there. Ask for the proof. Ask them for the research of the long-term effects that will happen from going on this diet.⁣ ⁣ And most importantly, have a health professional that you trust that can help you stay grounded in what is true and best for the body long term.


If you are tired of the confusion and the trends and are ready to get some clarity on how to properly nourish yourself, I would love to hear from you. Contact me now.

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