Before I start the argument of which I believe to be the best carb source for humans. I want to offer some food for thought:
We are after a physical body that functions perfectly and effortlessly as nature intended. This would include a high level of strength, energy, and endurance. With little to no signs of sickness, colds, fatigue, aches and disease being present. We want strong bones, teeth, and good eye sight.
With that being the goal in mind, let’s continue.
If you had to pick a single food, to be qualified as the “natural food a man.”
As in, the closest food a human being was biologically designed and evolved to eat, it would be fruit.
This flies in the face of the mainstream who will tell you to have have a couple of pieces of fruit a day. The mainstream is fat, sick, and nearly dead, you’d be better off reversing all of there advice.
Biologically, our closest relative is a chimp. We have many of the same physiological facts that points to us being designed to eat fruit.
– We have the same medium length digestive tract (perfect for fruit, other mammals have long digestive tracts)
-We have thumbs and hands for grabbing, pulling, picking.
-We don’t have claws, or teeth designed for tearing.
-Our saliva, jaw structure, stomach size, digestive ability, all favors fruit and something easy for our organs to digest, thus increasing longevity and less wear and tear.
– We see in color, fruit is colored and attractive. It actually TASTES good, by design we enjoy it. God’s candy.
– It’s full of fiber which blunts the insulin release. Most have a low glycemic load. Which, by the way, you should throw the glycemic index out the window! It is nonsense. Eat all types of fruit.
NO ONE GOT FAT ON FRUIT, EVER. Don’t believe me, check out the banana consumption in tribal Africa.
Fruit is the easiest and quickest way to improve your energy because your digestive system processes it so easy.
I like to have a couple pieces in the morning and before training. Later in the day I focus on meats, fats, and green veggies.
Fructose is NOT sucrose. The “sugar scare” of the 90’s has trained everyone to think of carbs as a monolith. They are NOT the same.
REFINED WHITE SUGAR = a empty food. Fructose is NOT a empty food, it’s packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Through the years our soil has been depleted of minerals, so the average commercial fruit lacks the vitamins and minerals it had 60 years ago. For this reason, I recommend buying organic.
You don’t need to worry about pesticides, those who try to make this a case again fruit are the same people who chug a diet cola or ingest other artificial coloring’s and sweeteners. So spare me the concern of the chemical sprays. By as local as possible and you’ll be fine.
The Volume will satisfy you.
If you’re STILL scared that you’ll get fat by eating fruit, I DARE you to try it and see what it does to your body, actually TRY to over eat fruit!
Go grab a bowl of fruit, grab some apples, oranges, peaches, whatever… see how much you actually want to eat. After a couple pieces you’ll be full. 2 Apples is usually very filling and they’re only 25 carbs a pop usually, that’s child’s play for the active person.
It’s the industrial seed oils, the hydrogenated oils, the trans fats, and the sugary white crap you’re eating that destroys your health, not fruit.
I’ve been keto, I’ve had tons of fruit, and I have had little fruit…and what has worked best for me is when I make fruit a majority of my carb intake and go less on other carb sources – I remove oatmeal, rice etc. and when fruit is high I literally feel amazing.
Fruit has a powerful cleansing effect on the body, when you shift this way you will feel better. You’re likely getting tons more antioxidants than you use to have on the crappy western diet.
Eating majority fruit will allow your body to detoxify itself. Chemicals and preservatives tend to accumulate in the body. I’m a much better endurance athlete when I have more fruit in my diet.
Tip: Dried Fruit
The only good dried fruit is if it is Sun Dried. You don’t want that sulfur chemical crap, it will say on the package if it is Sun dried.
Berries are my favorite and Avacado as an amazing fruit with good fat to help your hormone levels.
All rice is not created equal. Rice, like many carbs, exist on a spectrum of good to worse.
The problem with rice for me is it naturally doesn’t taste very good. Does anyone just eat freshly made rice with NO added seasonings? Butter? Salt? Sauce? Usually it’s these things that make rice attractive.
Asian rices are way better than American rices. Organic Thai Jasmine rices are more nutrient dense than any “instant” crap.
I ate only good organic rices (brown or white) for awhile, then when I bought a bag of brown bag instant rice (uncle bens) I wanted to puke! You can taste the quality difference.
Rice should be used as a supplement to your diet, but not really a main staple. Your body has to work overtime to break many complex carbs down. For me, rice makes it to third place of my list of carbs.
Grains contain phytic acid in their outer layer of the brain. Phytic acid will block the absorption of calcium, phosphorous, iron, and zinc. Not good.
I can’t believe we have called grains “whole grains” for so long. They are refined grains unless you buy top quality. Go for quality with rice and complex carbs in general.
It’s best to buy rice that you have to cook for a long time, stay away from instant rice.
I give potatoes the second place trophy right before fruit for a food that biologically goes well with how our bodies are designed. It’s quick energy and very very satiating.
I don’t discriminate between white or sweet. Sweet potatoes will have more nutrients than white, but both are great for replenishing glycogen and easy to digest. Remember that the foods that agree the most with our digestive ability, gives our body the energy it needs to repair and keep our bodies from breaking down because it can dictate more energy for repair. The foods we eat will either take life span from us or add to it.
Potatoes are a starch. I do believe through common sense practice that starches are great to use when building muscle or when performance is a goal. Most athletes who are training hard have potatoes in their diet. They’re full of fiber, B6, and vitamin C.
Notice here I did not discuss amounts. I believe if eating the most nutrient dense, natural foods, your satiate will dictate when amounts are enough. Obviously common sense is required.
Make room for healthy fats, for some nutrient dense carbs, and make room for nutrient dense proteins. Don’t avoid a single macronutrient.