Saturday, September 29, 2007

Carbs Not The Dieter's Enemy

There's good news for carb-lovers. According to University of Virginia professor Glenn Gaesser, carbohydrates don't deserve the bad reputation they have among dieters. Eating carbs won't make you fat, not even the occasional doughnut. Gaesser, author of It's the Calories, Not the Carbs states carbs are not the dieter's enemy.

Gaesser has authored an article in the October issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association in which he explains that diets high in carbohydrates are almost universally associated with slimmer bodies. He cites studies in the US that indicate that high carb diets are linked to better weight control.

Carbohydrates have been categorized into "good" carbs and "bad" carbs according to their glycemic index, a measure of how much they raise blood sugar. But according to Gaesser, digestion is a complicated process and there is no way to know the glycemic load of a whole meal.

Reducing any part of the diet — carbs or proteins or fats — will result in modest weight loss in the short term, if calorie consumption is reduced, he points out. But for long-term weight maintenance, a high-carb, low-fat diet is still the best bet, he said.

"Bad Carbs" Not the Enemy, U Va. Professor says

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