… and the low-carb vs low-fat vs no-meat debate rages on
Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine have for the first time determined that the ketogenic diet, a specialized high-fat, low carbohydrate diet, reversed impaired kidney function in people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. They also identified a previously unreported panel of genes associated with diabetes-related kidney failure, whose expression was reversed by the diet.
It is my very rudimentary understanding that the human bio-engine, in the main, is composed of two components: fuels and building blocks.
The fuels are made available to the human engine by processing (breaking down) carbs, fat, and protein. The by-products of these processes are uniquely different fuels with uniquely different stresses on the body and uniquely different waste products. There is a pecking order. Carbs are always first, and in their absence, the human engine consumes fat, and in the absence of either of these it consumes muscle tissue.
The building blocks are essential amino acids, essential fatty acids and vitamins. The prior two essential components are most commonly acquired from protein and fat. Vitamins on the other hand come from diverse sources, and oddly enough protein is one of them (as in B12).
In light of the above study, are they saying the human engine is healthier when consuming far less carbs than the average person does today. In fact, is it that this regime actually repairs the overtaxed body (which presumptively got that way from over consuming carbs). Continuing, how do you feed the human engine less carbs against more fat and protein and deal with the contemporary understandings about the problems that these sources of fuel and building blocks bring to the table.
As I do my research on Vegan diets, I’m so much more confused as these diets are overwhelmingly stocked with foods that are predominantly carbs. I must quickly add that my Vegan research has more than hinted at the B12-deficiency inherent in Vegan diets. That said, what other short comings might there be and why if these are known does the American Medical Community seem so inclined to push what are essentially higher carb diets?
… so much more reading to do.