Do You Really Need Carbs?

The dictionary defines carbohydrates as “substances such as sugar or starch that provide the body with energy.”

Simple carbohydrates made of refined flour and added sugar rapidly converts to blood sugar (glucose) when you consume them. Complex carbohydrates, such as grains and beans, convert more slowly. However, all carbohydrates convert to sugar in the body – and when your net carb intake is high you’ll gain weight and possibly become chronically inflamed, which may lead to other unhealthy issues.

All your life you’ve been told that you need carbohydrates for energy or that your brain can only run on glucose made from carbs. Those are myths, as evidenced by the countless healthy, happy individuals on low-sugar, low-carbohydrate diets. You can run your body on other fuel sources such as fatty acids and ketones produced by fat burning. While your body does need a very tiny amount of glucose (sugar) to function, it has the capability to produce all the glucose it needs internally from fat or protein, not carbs.

The carbs you do need are vegetables—but only for the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber they supply. Otherwise, your body does not require carbohydrates for good health. In fact, the opposite is true. Carbohydrates, particularly refined carbohydrates, deplete your nutrients and negatively affect your health. Carbs also turn to fat in your body, and they impede fat burning. (That’s why you haven’t been able to lose weight on a high-carb diet). Carbs also contribute to other health issues like chronic inflammation.