Yesterday, I was speaking to a colleague at work who had remarked on how I had lost a lot of weight. We didn’t have a lot of time to speak, so I told him to look into the ketogenic diet as a way to lose weight. At that time, someone else who was passing by overheard our conversation and remarked that the daily recommendation for carbs is 300 grams and that the ketogenic diet is bad for your heart.
Now, I’m no doctor, but I couldn’t help but notice that this individual saying this was at least 300 pounds and looked like they could use a little bit of heart-healthy advice themselves. I chuckled and said “to each his own,” but it got me thinking about the abundance of carbs and bread in our modern diets and how our consumption of these foods is actually quite recent in the grand scheme of things.
You see, humans have been around for about 200,000 years, and for the majority of that time, we were hunter-gatherers. This means that our ancestors survived on a diet rich in fats and proteins, with periods of fasting and famine. It wasn’t until agriculture was developed about 10,000 years ago that we began to rely heavily on grains and other carbohydrate-rich foods as a staple in our diet.
Now, I’m not saying that carbs are inherently bad. They definitely have their place in a healthy diet and can provide energy and important nutrients. However, it’s important to consider the fact that our bodies are adapted to survive on a diet that is much lower in carbs than the average American diet.
If the daily recommendation for carbs is indeed 300 grams, then how did our ancestors survive for nearly one million years without consuming such large amounts of carbs on a diet similar to the ketogenic diet? It’s possible that our bodies are better equipped to handle periods of carbohydrate restriction and are able to thrive on a diet rich in fats and proteins.
I’m not saying that the ketogenic diet is the answer to all of our problems. Like any diet, it has its pros and cons, and it’s important to consider whether it’s the right fit for you. But the next time someone tries to tell you that carbs are the be-all and end-all, just remember that our ancestors survived for a long time on a diet that was much lower in carbs than the average American diet today.
In conclusion, it’s important to consider the abundance of carbs and bread in modern diets and how our consumption of these foods is actually quite recent in the grand scheme of things. While carbs can definitely have their place in a healthy diet, it’s important to remember that our bodies are adapted to survive on a diet that is much lower in carbs than the average American diet. Just because a certain type of diet may work for one person, doesn’t necessarily mean it will work for everyone. It’s important to find what works best for you and your individual needs and goals.
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