I completely understand why you ask this question – we’ve heard so much contradictory nutritional information over the years that we aren’t sure who or what to believe anymore.
What we do know is that there are three macronutrients that provide energy: protein, carbohydrates and fats. We need all three to survive but our bodies are able to ‘make’ sugar (carbs) out of fat and to use ketones as an energy source in the absence of glucose. On the other hand, our bodies can’t make all the building blocks needed for proteins and fats.
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That’s why the building blocks for protein are called essential amino acids and the building blocks for fats are called essential fatty acids. We have to get these via our diet; without them, we’ll die. There are examples and early studies of people who have survived on a zero-carb diet for over a year without compromising their health but there have been no long term studies. We recommend a low-carb lifestyle to keep insulin levels low, which also reduces inflammation and the risk of metabolic syndrome.
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