If you've read SUGAR SHOCK! and check out this blog regularly, you'll know that I found a preponderance of research studies (which still keep pouring in) to support the theory that refined carbs -- which I often call "culprit carbs" -- can make you fat and give you other diseases.
So, it was certainly with great interest (and, I confess, a huge amount of skepticism) that I learned about a new review article in the October Journal of the American Dietetic Association from a University of Virginia professor, who considers the bad-carbs-make-you-fat theory complete rubbish.
Not one to shy away from controversy, I thought you should know that Glenn Gaesser, Ph.D., professor of exercise physiology and director of the Kinesiology Program in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, believes that this heavily documented hypothesis about culprit carbs is “just nonsense,” Science Daily reported.
"Eating sandwiches with white bread, or an occasional doughnut, isn't going to kill you, or necessarily even lead to obesity," Dr. Gaesser said, according to Science Daily. (Come on, folks, how many people eat only occasional doughnuts -- American ingest a plethora of these culprit carbs, including white bread, which do lead to weight gain, as well as a host of other diseases.)
But I'm here to let the outspoken scientist who believes carbs won't kill you have his say.
Dr. Gaesser, who is author of It's the Calories, Not the Carbs and Big Fat Lies: The Truth
About Your Weight and Your Health, also reportedly found that diets high in carbs are "almost universally associated with slimmer
bodies," as Science Daily puts it. (What kinds of carbs are we talking about? Fruits and vegetables? Processed carbs?)
Again, bear in mind that you'll find an opposing viewpoint in my book SUGAR SHOCK! and also in the meticulously researched, fascinating new book, Good Calories, Bad Calories, from renowned science journalist Gary Taubes, who has achieved considerable acclaim for his ability to cull facts from fiction.
In fact, you can listen to Gary Taubes eloquently present his point of view on this week's my Stop SUGAR SHOCK! Show on Blog Talk Radio. (Shame I wasn't feeling better that day myself.)
Back to another conclusion from Dr. Gaesser. He found that consuming lots of high-glycemic foods is not associated with higher body weights, another conclusion with which I find fault.