Carb intake: minimal or bust

Carb intake: minimal or bust

One of the most common mistakes people make when adopting low carb intake is not being thorough enough. This of course makes things easier, but it doesn’t necessarily work: if we only give up the most usual suspects like bread, pasta and rice, we just didn’t try hard enough. Carb intake can come from all kinds of sources: fruit for example should never be overlooked when trying to lower carb intake.

The notion that by removing bread, pasta, rice, sweets and such was “at least something” might be a good approach in life but as regards carb intake effects, it’s not enough. This turned out to be true in a meta-study analyzing the available papers on low carb intake in relation to glycemic control. Good glycemic control is important as a preventive measure but is vital for type 2 diabetes patients. To identify the three-month average plasma glucose concentration glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) measurement is commonly used. What Sainsbury et al. found out is that the best way to lower HbA1c is to be very strict with carb intake. Very low carb intake is linked to bigger weight loss and lower HbA1c. Strikingly, modest carb intake doesn’t have these effects – actually modest carb intake and normal carb intake have the same effects on weight loss and HbA1c: a very small one (Sainsbury et al.)

Carb intake: minimal or bust

SAINSBURY, E. et al. Effect of dietary carbohydrate restriction on glycemic control in adults with diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, vol., no., pp., https://doi.org/10.1016/j.diabres.2018.02.026

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