The short answer is no. The slightly longer answer is, the human body needs some carbohydrates to function correctly. Also, nutrient and fiber packed fruits and vegetables contain carbohydrates, which means cutting out all carbs could create vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
While following a low carb diet can result in weight loss short term; studies show following this eating routine for months or years raises serious concerns. Heart arrhythmias, cardiac function impairment, sudden death, osteoporosis, kidney damage, increased cancer risk, impairment of physical activity are potential complications that could arise.
Many no carb diets promote high intake of protein and fat from animal sources which may raise your risk of heart disease, increased bone loss, gastrointestinal disturbances and may increase risks of various chronic diseases or certain cancers. Need more reasons to skip this fad diet? There can be side effects when starting on any drastic elimination diet.
Cutting out carbohydrates could lead to:
- Bad breath
- Muscle cramps
- Skin rash
- Constipation or diarrhea
Luckily, there are ways to incorporate nutritious carbohydrates into a healthy diet. Start by eating a variety of fruits and vegetables each day. Second, when eating breads and other starchy foods make the best choice by reading labels. Look for ‘whole grain’ as the first ingredient.
We get the most nutrients and fiber when the whole grain is used in our foods. Don’t mistake that foods labeled with ‘multi-grain’, ‘100% ‘wheat’, or ‘high fiber’ or foods that are dark brown as being healthy. Read the label for ‘Whole Grain’ to know for sure.
Contrary to fad diet claims, evidence shows healthy carbohydrate selection isn’t linked to weight gain or obesity. Let’s stop the carb bashing and start making smart carbohydrate choices!