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What’s Happening: Carbs, Carbs, Carbs!

Sweet potatoes

The latest news this week is all about that much-maligned macronutrient, the carbohydrate. A new TED talk from Peter Attia explores the topic of diabetes, and the dismal failure of the current carb-centric, fat-phobic treatment plan. Another critique of the mainstream stance on diabetes comes from Dr. John Briffa’s blog, where he analyzes an enormous study on diet and diabetes that didn’t even mention the potential role of carbohydrates. And as NPR reports, a recent study from the Boston Children’s Hospital suggests that high-GI carbs (like refined grains and sugar) activate the brain areas involved in addictive behavior, in a way that complex carbohydrates don’t.

On a more positive note, Richard Nikoley has finished up his experiment with resistant starch, with summary posts here and here – so don’t run into your kitchen to throw out the potatoes quite yet!

Carbs aside, other news this week includes:

Also, if you’ve been struggling to find a decent brand of seaweed, you’re in luck! Head back to the article on seaweed for an updated section on where to get wheat-free, soy-free seaweed products.

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