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Why does ACE still promote the consumption of carbohydrate? They lead to the accumulation of adipose tissue

Carbs have been proven to raise blood sugar and cause the human body to store and accumulate fat. This unchecked accumualtion leads to obesity and all the health related problems that go with it. It had seemed to me that the general concensus in the fitness community was that vegetables, meats (poultry, fish, a little red meat) and a little bit of fruits and dairy were the healthiest choices in eating habbits. So why does ACE advise the consumption of carbohydrate through out their matrials?

 
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The three macronutrients protein, fat, and carbohydrates are all required in our diet. Regardless of which macronutrient is in discussion they are all needed in the correct quantity and adequate quality to provide our bodies with the fuel and nutrients we need in order to survive. When the quality suffers and the quantity is too high, health problems such as obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome sneak their way into our lives. Industry leaders such as The American Heart Association (http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/HealthyDietGoals/W
hole-Grains-and-Fiber_UCM_303249_Article.jsp
), the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6442471695), and the American College of Sports Medicine (http://www.acsm.org/access-public-information/articles/2012/02/02/improving-you
r-nutrition-in-four-simple-steps
) all support the consumption of high quality, whole grain carbohydrate sources. When someone says “Carbohydrate” most people automatically think of breads, pasta, rice, etc. Although these are Carbohydrates sources, not all Carbohydrates come from a grain source. As a macronutrient, they are the prime energy source for the body and are required in our diets for brain function and cellular energy. Carbohydrates contain fiber which aids in digestion and have been shown to improve blood lipid profiles. The nutritional recommendations that the American Council on Exercise supports includes 45-65% of the diet coming from carbohydrate sources as a part of a healthy diet (ACE Fitness Nutrition Manual, 2013; pg 56). These sources include whole grain products (nothing “enriched”), fruits, vegetables, and sweet potatoes. This article will give you a bit more information as well. http://www.acefitness.org/acefit/fitness-fact-article/3567/carbohydrates/.

When considering the glycemic index, there are carbohydrates that cause spikes in blood sugar, however these tend to be highly processed foods such as candy and other sugary snacks. Keep in mind that fruits and vegetables are also carbohydrates and there are many forms of carbohydrates that can help in actually stabilizing the blood sugar levels when consumed in correct proportions and combined with healthy fats and lean proteins. This article shows some easy swaps to help stabilize blood sugar levels. http://www.acefitness.org/acefit/healthy-living-article/60/3627/diabetes-friend
ly-food-swaps/
. Meats and dairy products also contain carbohydrates naturally so for the recommendation to be made to eliminate carbohydrates form the diet would be dangerous as well as nearly impossible.

 

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