Chris Kresser, LAc, is a licensed acupuncturist and functional medicine practitioner. His health and wellness blog, ChrisKresser.com, generates over 400,000 visits per month. In this video, Chris suggests that initially, the idea was that fat was bad so we should all be on really low-fat diets. That was really destructive. Now the pendulum has swung in the other direction, where carbs have become the new evil macronutrient purported to be the cause of every problem.
RHR: Carbs & Alzheimer’s Separating Fact From Fiction
In this episode of Revolution Health Radio (RHR) we discuss “Carbs & Alzheimer’s: Separating Fact From Fiction.” Alzheimer’s, like many other inflammatory diseases, is a disease of civilization. We’re going to talk more about what that means. I think when you look at the history of diet policy and ideas around what’s healthy and what’s not, both for weight loss and metabolic problems and other conditions, early on, there was a really big focus on calories. All of the diets were focused on reducing your calorie intake. Then the focus really switched to fat. The idea was that fat was bad and the cause of all the problems, so we should all be on really low-fat diets. That was really destructive. Now the pendulum has swung in the other direction, where carbs have become the new evil macronutrient purported to be the cause of every problem. While I do appreciate some of the efforts that have been made to exonerate fat and point out the potential risks of excess refined carbohydrates, my concern is that we’re just doing the same thing we’ve done, which is demonizing a whole entire class of food, a macronutrient in this case, instead of focusing on what the real issue is.
In this episode, we cover:
What Chris ate for breakfast
Evolution of diet policy and ideas
3 common misconceptions about diet and disease
When a ketogenic diet may be helpful