Massive Health has put together a great infographic that explains what happens when you ingest carbs vs. ingesting fat.
For me, the take home message is this:
"The year 1984 marked the launch of a massive campaign to promote lot-fat diets, led by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. We were told to eat less fat, and we did--saturated fat consumption declined in the years that followed. However, the official embrace of the low-fat, high-carb diet didn't coincide with a decline in weight and heart disease. Instead we saw a rise in obesity and diabetes."
I have to add that there are lots of things wrong with the modern diet - besides low-fat high-carb content. The infographic is helpful, but since it focuses on one aspect of the problem, it isn't telling the whole story. Hey - the whole story rarely makes for a sexy infographic. For the record, there are traditional cultures who thrive on a diet rich in properly prepared carbs, but the carbs aren't Twinkies, fast food French fries, or genetically modified corn and soy.
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