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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Moderation Monday: Carbs Aren't the Devil's Tool

Carbs.  One of the few 5-letter words that most people consider a 4-letter word.  While fad diets are nothing new (Lord Byron had his own miracle cure back in the 1800s), it wasn't until the 1990s that the high-protein movement really gained traction.  By the turn of this century, protein was climbing the nutrient ladder, and squashing other formerly friendly nutrients as it went.

Do I have a problem with protein?  Heavens no!  It is an essential and fascinating nutrient that comes in some pretty tasty packages (some of my favorites being my Mom's fried chicken, cheese, and a nice smoked brisket).  However, as a nutrient it stands beside carbohydrates and fat, not above on a nutritionally or morally superior plane.

So this Monday, moderate your view of macronutrients.  Remind yourself that your body's main and preferred fuel is carbohydrates and requires a combination of carbs, proteins and fats.  Food is food people.  What you eat doesn't make you better or worse person, and no single food or nutrient should be slandered either.  Slander less and enjoy balanced nutrition more.

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