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The Truth About Low-Carb Diets and 'Slow Carbs'

dr. Hyman I am so confused about this

low carb no carb high carb I don't get

it what should I be eating our carbs bad

for you are they good for you what

should I eat well I've got something

surprising to say to many of my

listeners who've been following my work

for a long time

carbohydrates are the single most

important thing you can eat for health

and weight loss and you're thinking

right now dr. Hyman have you gone nuts

what are you talking about carbohydrates

I thought you're always talking about

how bad they are and how they cause

diabetes and diabetes and in some

resistance and heart disease and make

you fat and everything so why would you

be telling us to eat carbs why because

all plant foods are carbohydrates and

when I'm talking about carbs I'm talking

about the good carbs or what we call

slow carbs

these are carbs that don't spike your

blood sugar and these are fruits and

vegetables and nuts even nuts and seeds

contain carbs these carbs are very low

glycemic they don't spike insulin they

don't spike blood sugar which is the key

here and you know why they're so

important because they contain all these

amazing molecules called phytochemicals

so for example broccoli you could eat

like 21 cups of broccoli and good luck

if you can eat it that's like 750

calories but the net effect on your body

would be not to spike your blood sugar

it would not be to actually increase

insulin but actually to be to fill your

body with fiber and phytochemicals if

you have a lot of potatoes probably not

a good idea especially the hybridized

potatoes but you know what the little

fingerling potatoes that come from Peru

those purple or red or little non

starchy potatoes those are actually

better for you they have more

phytonutrients they don't spike your

blood sugar as much so you actually want

to eat very original foods don't eat

processed foods think about how far it

went from the farm to your fork if it

would talk a lot of steps of processing

that's not good but if it's a whole real

fresh fruits or vegetables those are all

carbs in fact we should have 75% at

least of our plate being these non

starchy vegetables and some low glycemic

fruit like berries that's okay and then

the rest of it is good quality fats and

good quality

protein to balance out your diet but by

volume most your diet should be carbs by

calories it won't be right because you

could eat 21 cups of broccoli if good

luck and that's only 700 galleries but

the truth is you you really get most

your calories from fat and from protein

and very few from carbs that's the key

high glycemic carbs are the bad ones

pasta bread potatoes rice processed

foods a lot of grains even whole grains

sometimes can cause spikes in blood

sugar now there's some other really cool

carbs one of them is called resistance

starch now I'm gonna talk about this

more later on in another blog but a

little preview resistant starch is a

type of starch that doesn't spike your

blood sugar that improves the insulin

sensitivity and can even affect diabetes

beneficially and it also acts as a

prebiotic to help fertilize all the good

bugs and that's another reason you want

a lot of carbs because they provide

fiber they provide all the nutrients

that help fertilize the good bugs in

your gut so remember you want to eat

carbs you want to eat the right carbs

you want to eat slow carb slow carbs

that don't spike your blood sugar