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Quality Versus Quantity When It Comes to Healthy Carbs

healthy sources of carbs

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  • Scientists now believe obesity and metabolic disease don’t occur because of the number of carbohydrates we eat, but the types
  • Some think the key to weight control is willpower, but research suggests a hormone called leptin is the culprit; in fact, it’s been called the “leading driver of fat gain in humans”
  • One study shows that foods with high carb content promote the development of inflammatory microbiota, which leads, progressively, to leptin resistance, metabolic syndrome and obesity
  • Carbs are a large part of the energy intake for present-day hunter-gatherers in remote parts of the world, but their fasting insulin and blood glucose levels are lower than the healthiest individuals in Western populations

By Dr. Mercola

Counting carbohydrates is something the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has recommended for years as a way to “manage” blood glucose levels. It entails setting a limit for the amount of carbohydrates eaten during a meal.


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