Carbs from Heaven, Carbs from Hell by Dr. James D. Krystosk

Dr. Krystosk has done an outstanding job of explaining the difference between good carbohydrates and bad carbohydrates in his book, Carbs from Heaven, Carbs from Hell by Square One Publishers. From a historical, chronological viewpoint the author explains the background of this debate in Part 2, Chapter 3, called “The Rise and Fall of Carbohydrates.” Basically, humans survived on carbs, so eliminating almost all of them from your diet, as Atkins and others suggest, is not a healthy option. In Chapter Five, however, he explains how refined carbs, such as white bread and white rice (carbs from hell) cause biochemical imbalances and can lead to insulin resistance and possibly diabetes, stress the adrenals, and cause behavioral problems.

My favorite chapter in Part 2 is the one entitled ‘’Diets of the World.” Here the good doctor provides us with several food pyramids that he compares in what he calls: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Starting with the Fast Food American Diet from The USDA Food Guide Pyramid that he labels “A Dinosaur Heading from Distinction,” to the Latin-American, Asian, and Mediterranean pyramids, which emphasize good carbs, proteins and fats, we can see he is heading in the direction of the foods basic to these three cultures.

In Part 3 Dr. Krystosk gives us a prescription for wellness and discusses weight loss in what he calls The 7-Step Knockout Weight Loss Plan: 1) Find a wellness Buddy, 2) Eat “Carbs from Heaven,” 3) Avoid Your Allergy Foods,” 4) Optimize Your Liver & Intestinal Function, 5) Drink Plenty of Pure Water, 6) Eat Fat That Melts Fat, and 7) Don’t Worry, Be Happy!” These steps are discussed throughout the chapter.

Of course, no book on good carbs/bad carbs would be compete without recipes, which is in Part 4, entitled The American Mediterrasian Diet, a term he coined, which combines the best of the world’s diets in his estimation. Here is one that is perfect for the warm weather on its way.

Nut-ierranean Smoothie

This nutty smoothie is a Mediterranean bonanza of flavors and chock full of healthy phytochemicals & monosaturated fats.

_______________________I frozen banana______________________
2-3 tablespoons almond or cashew nut butter, or all natural peanut butter+
½ cup vanilla or strawberry soy milk*
____________1 cup ice_____________
1 teaspoon raw honey

1. 1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.

2. 2. Pour into a tall glass and serve.

Yield: 1 smoothie (10 ounces)

(* I prefer unsweetened almond or coconut milk. Soymilk is generally laced with sugar to make it palatable. ellensue)

 

Carbs from Heaven, Carbs from Hell is a 289 page paperback book from Square One Publishers and costs $16.95. The comprehensive overview of this topic belongs on your reference shelf.

+P.S. My friend and classmate, Mary Lou, sent me this comment worth posting: I found the summation of the book very interesting, the only objection I had was the fact that only organic peanut butter is not grown on the same ground as the cotton crops but during another season.   In order to produce cotton, many chemicals are put into the soil which will contaminate the peanut crop
when it is grown.  This is not true with organic peanut butter.

Today’s Earth Day, Every Day Hint: This recipe uses all plant ingredients. Phytochemicals are chemical compounds that occur naturally in plants and monosaturated fats are healthy fats, so this recipe is a good example of a positive step towards eating lower on the food chain and therefore having a smaller impact on the environment.


One Response to “Carbs from Heaven, Carbs from Hell by Dr. James D. Krystosk”

  1. Mary-Lou Meyers Says:

    I found the summation of the book very interesting, the only objection I had was the fact that only organic peanut butter is not grown on the same ground as the cotton crops but during another season. In order to produce cotton, many chemicals are put into the soil which will contaminate the peanut crop
    when it is grown. This is not true with organic peanut butter.

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