Is butter a carb?
Yes, it might seem like a dumb question. But this iconic line from Mean Girls demonstrates JUST how confusing the field of nutrition can be for most people.
And that makes sense - because nutrition is even MORE confusing to the experts! Despite hundreds of years of nutrition research, we still hear conflicting opinions on even the most basic principles.
Think of it this way: If nutrition science were like aerospace engineering - NASA would still be arguing about WHICH WAY to point the rocket!
But all hope is not lost – because we at Legendary Foods are here to help!
Read on to learn the most important choices you can make when it comes to YOUR nutrition.
Don't be like Regina George. Keep reading to learn more...
Rule 1: Keep Calories Low
Numerous studies have been done to evaluate the effects of caloric restriction on health and lifespan across a wide range of species. These studies all say essentially the same thing:
If you want to live longer, keep your calories low.
In fact, one such study found that when humans cut their calories by 15% for 2 years, it slowed aging and protected against age-related disease.
Another study produced an AMAZING result in rhesus monkeys - a primate with an aging patter very similar to humans. One monkey in the study was placed on a 30% reduced calorie diet when he was 16 years old, the equivalent of late middle age for a human. When the study was published, he was 43 years old - equivalent to a 130 year-old human. This subject actually set the longevity record for the rhesus monkey species!
As you can see, the topic of caloric restriction is FASCINATING. We'll discuss this topic more in future blogs. For now, stick with this mantra I borrowed from Mr. Spock:
I want to live long and prosper. I must keep my calories low.
Mr. Spock encourages you to keep calories low.
Rule 2: Avoid Digestible Carbs
What do I mean by ‘digestible’ carbs? I’m talking any carbohydrates that your body can directly use as fuel. This includes all carbohydrates that aren’t considered fibers, and some that are too. So yes...cookies, cake, ice cream and pizza are all out.
As a general rule, look for the “net carbs” on a nutrition label and aim low. If you’re at all confused by the phrase, “net carbs”, don’t worry. We’ll cover this topic in more detail in a future blog.
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