Most integrative practitioners who have studied blood sugar, insulin, disease and diet believe that a diet high in carbohydrates from any source will eventually lead to mental and physical ailments and disease. That doesn’t mean that everyone needs to be on a low carb diet. You may fair well on a moderate amount of carbohydrates as long as you are choosing the right ones. Others who are already showing signs of insulin resistance or who are not genetically equipped to process large amounts of carbohydrates should aim to cut back. How much, depends on your situation. I like Dr. Hyman’s carbohydrate intake recommendations based on your current health status.
When looking into special diets as a means of weight loss, to find relief from a health issue or simply to improve your overall health, always remember the concept of bio-individuality. Genetics play an important role in determining what foods are appropriate for each of us. Some people can efficiently break down starchy vegetables and grains, while others fair better omitting these foods entirely from their diet. Some humans have evolved to be able to digest cow’s milk while others lack the enzymes to do so. And some people are able to extract the nutrients they need from a plant based diet while others need a healthy dose of protein, fat and other nutrients found only in animal based foods. The point is that we’re all different and no one diet is best for everyone.
While I do make some individual recommendations to my personal clients, I try to avoid blanket statements about diet and health when talking to the masses. BUT, regardless of what foods you decide to eat or not eat, be sure to include plenty green vegetables and don’t forget to exercise every day.