The age old question remains, “do we really need carbs?” Before we had sugar, we still had carbs from fruits, vegetables, and nuts. But as we’ve evolved, so has our body. Did you think that homo sapiens had insulin-producing cells? Probably not.
Before the introduction of refined sugar, our body could extract the energy needed by metabolizing proteins and more organic carbs by storing them as glycogen in the liver. This is our way of time-releasing energy into the blood stream. Sugars came along and forced the body to metabolize faster or just get fatter. It’s arguable that we don’t need carbs.
Back to the insulin-producing cells, they were an adaptation to the human body so that we could metabolize sugars faster. Cavemen survived on nuts, berries, and meat. We all don’t eat a Paleo Diet but many of us could survive and thrive on it.
If we envisioned a world without diabetes, obesity, and other modern-day health maladies – we may try to revert back to a Paleo Diet. Although it’s an expensive diet, it may be worth the trade-off from the costly health conditions.
For what it’s worth, nothing is written in stone. What’s the worst thing that could happen if you tried the Paleo Diet for a few days? If you miss dairy so much, choose a cheat day or find a way to incorporate carb cycling into the lifestyle. But be mindful that nothing tastes better than good health!
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