In my mind, when I think of how carbohydrates being portrayed in the media, I think of a court room, and carbohydrates are on trial for weight gain in America.
“ Your Honor,
In recent years, the media has made carbohydrates out to be the enemy of our diets. They make us overweight, they store as fat, and they are just no good. But, the problem is, that these little simple molecules of carbons, oxygens, and hydrogens just taste so dang good! I think we can all agree on that. There is also one other problem. Carbohydrates really are not our enemy in our diets. It is rather the amount of overall calories that we choose to indulge in that causes our weight gain.
Look at the diet from 60 or 70 years ago up til now. Back in the early to middle 1900’s, you sat down at the table before school and ate a delicious breakfast that mom made you that consisted of eggs (With the yolk too! Whaaaaat? That’s right, with the yolk! But that’s a conversation for another time…), bacon and toast. A healthy combo of protein, carbohydrates, and fat. Now, the question is, did we see as many overweight individuals in this time period? We didn’t, because at the time, our portion sizes were much smaller.
As time has gone on, we have continued to eat more and more. The problem isn’t necessarily always the content of the food being carbohydrates, but rather the fact that we are just eating too much of everything. In order to keep weight down, the math is fairly easy. If you want to lose weight, you must eat less calories in a given day than your body burns during the day. If you want to maintain weight, you must only eat the same amount of calories your body burns. And, lastly, if you are wanting to gain weight, then you must eat more calories than you are burning in a day.
So, your honor, let’s not be too quick to find these great tasting foods guilty of something they didn’t necessarily cause. They deserve a fair trial as well!”
By Ryan McIvor