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Busting Myth #1: Bread/Carbs are harmful in any amount

The truth doesn’t sell well. Throw in a 24-hour news cycle, difficult-to-understand studies, and media companies scramble for the latest viral hit, and it’s no surprise that misinformation spreads like wildfire. There are some myths that pop up in the media again and again. We’ve investigated the ten biggest myths spread by the media.

Myth 1: Bread/Carbs are harmful in any amount

Carbohydrates have gotten a bad rap in the media. Critics have been especially tough on bread, since it also contains gluten. In contrast to the reports claiming that any amount of gluten is universally dangerous, the evidence is more nuanced. Small amounts are more likely to produce symptoms in those with intestinal disorders, but in others the dose-response relationship for effects isn’t well studied.

The relationship between carbohydrates and insulin is a breeding ground for nutrition myths. Insulin was one of the very first hormones to be discovered, and it was also the first hormone to be investigated in the context of sensitivity. Early evidence led people to believe that an increased carbohydrate intake causes insulin insensitivity. This is more so true for diabetic and insulin resistant people (usually obese individuals) overeating carbohydrates, but the myth persists even for lesser intakes.

While gluten gets all the attention, other compounds may be as or more important for people without celiac disease who suspect that they have gluten sensitivity. For example, some of the same researchers who discovered that gluten intolerance exists in people who don’t have celiac disease did a much more thorough follow-up study, and concluded that gluten was not necessarily to blame in those with irritable bowel syndrome. They suggested that compounds falling under the category of FODMAPs (which are present in a variety of plant foods) may be a greater issue.

The Truth

Carbohydrates have been vilified long enough. As long as you don’t overindulge and exclude other food groups, starches are not inherently harmful. While some are sensitive to wheat, the gluten isn’t necessarily to blame, and other foods may also be implicated.

Source: Examine.com – an independent and unbiased source on nutrition and supplements

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