Life Without Bread

 

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For most of human history, humankind never ate a diet that contained more than 40% carbohydrates, according to the most recent scientific research (AJCN March 2000). Is it any wonder, then, that for the past 12 years in the US, low carb diet books have ruled the roost? If high carbohydrate, low fat diets were the way to go, then Ornish and Pritikin books would be topping the charts. They're not. Atkins, Eades, and Sears are the nutrition celebrities, because they in their different ways have given people a diet that suits their genetic heritage: one low in carbohydrates. As a practicing nutritionist, reducing carbohoydrate intake in my patients has consistenly been one of the most effective ways to help them reduce weight, blood levels of triglycerides, uric acid, and even blood pressure. I am glad that one of the most esteemed figures in the field of low carbohydrate nutrition, Wolfgang Lutz, MD, has finally put a book together along with the brilliant Dr. Allen. This, along Loren Cordain's The Paleodiet are the two to read if you want the most sensible approach for healthy, low carb eating backed up by mounds of scientific evidence. Note: recent research has shown that meat eaters and vegetarians lose kidney function at the same rate, according to an 8 year study. Also, the leading cause of kidney failure is diabetes, which we all know is a disorder of carbohydrate metabolism. In Health and the Rise of Civilization, Mark Nathan Cohen PhD shows cultures eating pounds of meat per day, with no adverse effects ever noted on their kidney function.

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