Tuesday, November 19, 2013

"Grain Brain" Author's Core Message Is Perfect

Changing minds, however, is an uphill climb. “The idea that grains are good for you seems to get so much play,” he says. “But grains are categorically not good for you,” not even whole grains.
“We like to think a whole-grain bagel and orange juice makes for the perfect breakfast,” Perlmutter continues. “But that bagel has 400 calories, almost completely carbohydrates with gluten. And the hidden source of carbs in this picture is that 12-ounce glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice. It has nine full teaspoons of pure sugar, the same as a can of Coke. It’s doing a service with Vitamin C, but you’ve already gotten 72 grams of carbs.
“It’s time to relearn,” he says. “You can have vegetables at breakfast – the world won’t come to an end. You can have smoked salmon, free-range eggs with olive oil and organic goat cheese and you’re ready for the day. And you’re not having a high-carb breakfast that can cause you to bang on a vending machine at 10 a.m. because your blood sugar is plummeting and your brain isn’t working.”

Some folks don't like the good doctor's "low carb extremism", but his bent towards a VLC diet has resulted from his success helping those with diminished brain function.  I doubt you can prove that 60g/day or less is necessary for the healthy among us, but it makes perfect sense to me that carb restriction to that level protects the brain from glucose injury, including accumulation of beta amyloid and AGEs.  

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