Recently, low carb and Keto diets have become very popular. We’re breaking down the truth about carbs and why it’s not sustainable to cut out an essential macronutrient for long-term health.
For a little bit of context, the Keto diet is a particular type of low-carb diet that focuses on fat consumption rather than protein (which most other low-carb diets focus on). It has been proven to be a helpful aid in reducing the frequency of epileptic seizures in kids, and many praise it for its supposed weight loss benefits, but let’s unpack those.
Using Fat as Fuel
The idea behind a low carb diet is that it forces your body to use secondary fuel sources, because you are depriving it of its primary fuel source: glucose. The human body has evolved to rely on glucose as its primary food source, so when it isn’t receiving that from food (aka carbs), it burns fat through the process of ketosis as a way to survive. Cool, right? Well, not in the long term. Our bodies have evolved such that it thinks when we are using fat as our main energy source, we are in a survival state.
What Fat Can’t Do, Carbs Can
Survival mode means starvation, shutting down bodily processes that it doesn’t have energy for. Importantly, more than 20% of processes in our body cannot utilize fat for fuel under any circumstance. Among these are certain parts of the central nervous system and the brain, which can only use glucose for fuel. This results in fatigue, brain fog, and damage to your heart and muscles.
Keto Weight Loss Is Difficult to Sustain
While dropping carbs has been a widely popular way for decades to lose weight quickly (remember the Atkins diet craze?), the results are not long-term. Many end up gaining back the weight and often gaining more than before as cutting carbs can wreak havoc on the metabolism.
Women Especially Need Carbs
According to women’s hormone expert Dr. Stacy Sims, “When women have low carbohydrates, the body reverts back to the evolutionary perspective where women had to take care of the kids or the tribe and it was not advantageous for her to be reproductive or require more food. So you end up with menstrual cycle dysfunction, endocrine dysfunction, thyroid dysfunction, and putting on more body fat because it’s a fuel conservation. The long-term ramifications are much more than people generally talk about.”
Balancing Carbs with Protein and Fat
We put it to the test. ELAVI collagen protein bites are a better option for those with insulin sensitivity. ELAVI scores a perfect 10 (the best) on Levels (CGM) Continuous Glucose Monitoring App. Even with the energizing dates and honey in ELAVI’s collagen protein bites, our proprietary formula doesn’t spike insulin levels because we equally balanced the carbs with enough healthy fats and premium protein to prevent a spike.
Not All Carbs Are Created Equal
So what’s the difference between a candy bar and a high quality carb? Each one of our ELAVI bites contains 10g of high quality carbohydrates. 8g of the 10g of carbs in our protein bites are from organic, non-GMO, antioxidant-rich dates and honey, which are the most natural sweeteners out there. Coupling this with high levels of protein and healthy fats means a sustained energy source that won’t cause an insulin spike and crash (like low ).
Unlike the majority of “healthy” bars and packaged foods today, ELAVI uses a clean, energizing combination of dates and honey - healthy carbohydrates - that will power your healthy lifestyle.
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