Why Carbs Are The Wrong Foods For Diabetics

Why Carbs not good for diabetics

What is diabetes?

In diabetes, either there is insufficient insulin or the insulin simply doesn’t do its job. Type 1 diabetics fail to make sufficient quantities of insulin. In type 2 diabetics, there is usually plenty of insulin but the problem they have is that their body has become  resistant to its effects.

Dr. Barry Groves defines diabetes as the following: “Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disorder of carbohydrate metabolism”

There were an estimated 400,000 diabetics in the UK in 1960, 800,000 in 1980, 1,400,000 in 1996 and 1,800,000 in 2004 (Source). The question we need to ask is “Why are the number of diabetics in the UK increasing?

Diabetes UK Recommendations:

Traditional doctors and dietitians have held the view and advise diabetics to eat starches such as bread, potato, rice and pasta because of the long-held belief that they give slow, sustained releases of sugar into the bloodstream.  Fruit is also recommended because it is believed that the sugar fruit contains (fructose) does not raise insulin levels. Diabetes UK recommends to base meals and snacks on starchy foods.

However, according to obesity researcher & nutritionist, Zoe Harcombe this does not make sense:

Harcombe points out that Diabetes UK make terrible nutritional errors. When you look at where vitamins and minerals are found in food, it is a fact that you get the complete source of proteins from animal foods such as meat, fish, eggs and dairy. So , when Diabetes UK say nutrition is key then go on to promote carbs above fat and protein, it doesn’t make nutritional sense.

Harcombe says another reason not to trust Diabetes UK’s advice is that they are a conflicted organisation. Here are a list of the Diabetes UK sponsors:

  • Canderel, Cambridge Diet, Diet Freedom, Jelly Belly, Kellogg’s, Muller Light, Shredded Wheat, Splenda & The Co-op.

None of these sponsors would benefit from diabetics eating real food, losing weight naturally and needing less medication. Even the banks on the list would benefit from diabetics staying fat & sick, dying early and not putting a strain on pension funds

Dr. Barry Groves also points out a massive flaw to their advice:

He says that for diabetics to base their meals and snacks on starches is also nonsensical.  Many people don’t know that a slice of whole wheat bread (starch) raises your blood sugar more than a Snickers bar.

Also, fruit contains fructose which is a sugar. The belief seems to be that glucose raises blood levels and, consequently, insulin levels quickly but, as fructose doesn’t require insulin, it is healthier. However, fructose increases CHD risk:

  • Fructose glycosylates haemoglobin 7 times faster than glucose.
  • Fructose also appears to increase Total Cholesterol (TC) primarily by elevating LDL-C.
  • It appears that every 2% increase in dietary fructose raises LDL by more than 1%. Swanson et al say that “There is now reason to believe that dietary fructose will increase the risk of atherosclerosis.”

Barry Groves conclusion on why conventional treatment of diabetes is incorrect:

Diabetes mellitus is a disease of incorrect nutrition. 

The disease develops as a result of a high intake of carbohydrates — the ‘healthy’ diet. 

Since ‘healthy eating’ was introduced, type 2 diabetes has become epidemic to such an extent that it now affects children. 

This increase at such a time is NOT a coincidence — it is cause and effect. 

The reason conventional treatment of diabetes fails is because authoritative bodies such as Diabetes UK and the American Diabetes Association promote the very diet that caused the disease in the first place — a diet that actually makes the condition worse.

Fortunately, Type-2 diabetes is easily treated without the need to resort to drugs by: 

A strategy that offers the prospect of cure or successful treatment for diabetes is one that limits hyperinsulinaemia by restricting carbohydrate intake — the exact opposite of the conventional approach.

Low Carb, Saturated Fat Diet Better For Diabetics

Dr. Groves also advocates a low carb, saturated fat diet is better for diabetics. There is no convincing evidence that a fatty diet causes heart disease. Read more:  The Soft Science of Dietary Fat by Gary Taubes. In the last two decades media has influenced the way we eat with a high carb, low fat diet. In this same period we have seen a rise in obesity and other metabolic diseases.

A low carbohydrate, high fat diet is not a fad diet. William Banting wrote the first low carb book in 1863. Since then his work has been tested in numerous epidemiological studies and clinical trials.  Medical research has now proved that Banting was right and that diets for obesity & other metabolic diseases may be based successfully on reduction of carbohydrate rather than on restriction of calories and fat.

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