Fast Carbs, Slow Carbs: The Simple Truth about Food, Weight, and Disease

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In this urgent sequel to his New York Times bestseller The End of Overeating-a call to arms that will change the way we eat-Dr. David A. Kessler explains why Americans suffer in unprecedented numbers from obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and other debilitating illnesses, and offers concrete solutions for reducing cardiovascular problems, keeping weight off, and curtailing chronic disease. The American body is in trouble. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States today, and millions are plagued by conditions like obesity and diabetes. But we have the answer to improving health and longevity: 1) cut out fast carbs (processed foods); 2) reduce saturated fats; 3) exercise regularly. Though the solution is simple, the difficulty lies in the food we eat. Multi-billion-dollar processing plants and food manufacturers dot the heartland and work to increase the profits of the industrialized farming business-Big Agriculture-that produces excess corn and wheat. Today, we are being fed highly palatable, ultra-processed carbohydrates as food products-fast carbs-that are often marketed as healthy. Fast carbs are primarily starches and sugars produced during food processing and are present in much of what we eat. By destroying the healthy structure of whole food and increasing the amount of rapidly digestible starch it contains, these products bypass our body's metabolic pathways. When combined with the ill-effects of saturated fats, we are putting ourselves on a collision course with weight gain, insulin resistance, digestive issues, heart disease, and more. The problem is, most of us don't know where these fast carbs and saturated fats lurk in our daily diets. Accessible and eye-opening, Fast Carbs, Slow Carbs provides the information we need to understand exactly what we are eating-and to learn the truth about what it being sold to us as healthy food. Rising above the confusing range of specific popular diets-Keto, Paleo, Mediterranean, Vegan, Vegetarian-Dr. Kessler gives us an achievable baseline that can set us on the path to better health.