The effects of carbohydrates on our society throughout history
We owe our civilization to the dawn of agriculture. It was the beginning of agriculture, which started civilization because it transformed our ancestors into a people who didn’t need to move around to find food. It took us from hunter-gatherers to planters and farmers. They didn’t have to search for food anymore as a new way to acquire it was discovered. Our ancestors discovered how to grow it and this is where the problem of today, started. It started at the same time civilization, as a whole, started over 10,000 years ago. That’s the reason it’s woven, so tightly into our society. As important as it’s been to our society, in the past, it’s that important to curb our use of it in our diet, now. As well as it has served us in the past as a food source, we need to curb its use now because of the dangers this new modern food is doing to our health and emotions.
Never in our entire history, has this food that we’ve been eating for over 10,000 years, been as dangerous as it is today. Don’t
misunderstand me it’s always had the ability to influence changes in the sugar levels of most mammals. It’s the way our biology works. It’s this change in glucose levels, that have always given it the ability to influence our behavior. I imagine some of the very first food fights were actually for someone else’s food. Could have low blood glucose been at the root of that? More than likely. What food effects glucose levels in the blood, so much? Which food has one of the largest amounts of carbohydrates, empty carbohydrates in it?
The food source that I’m referring to here is, you guessed it, wheat. It was one of the founding crops that we grew, and it’s helped develop our civilizations, throughout history. It’s also helped to destroy civilizations throughout history. And the way it did it, was due to the same quality of this food that makes it so dangerous today. That is, its ability to fluctuate blood glucose levels, in all who ingest it. This is what turns on the fat faucet. That’s why cattle ranchers use grains, to fatten their herds. Grains, in general, are fattening foods. It was important in ancient times to eat fattening foods. We needed the fat to tie us over in times when food was scarce. Now, food isn’t scarce. It’s not even hard to get. As a matter of fact, this kind of food has become far too easy to get and that’s where the danger lies. This food is far too available. Food like this was never this available in the quantities we eat them, for our ancestors. They had to work to either find their food or grow their food. It just didn’t come to them as easy as we are able to get our hands on it, today. Because of this, the bodies that used to have to exercise to get their food don’t have to today. But that only presents one of two reasons. There’re actually a couple of reasons why, that what’s sustained us throughout history, is killing us today. This food that’s so woven into our culture(s) that’s sustained us for so long, is killing us today, And it’s killing us slowing and expensively.
The main reason is that it’s a carbohydrate. It’s a starchy high carbohydrate food that changes blood glucose levels more rapidly than any other type of food. That’s what’s always made it so palatable. That’s what’s always made it addictive also. It’s just more addictive now due to its genetic engineering, The problem that it’s a carb has been with us since wheat’s inception. The other problem, the one you can blame on genetic engineering, has made it a product, now, that’s super high in starchy non-nutritious carbs with hardly any nutritional content. What nutrients it has are not worth the trade-off for the massive amount of carbohydrates you get when you eat this food. But the fact that it’s a carbohydrate in the first place, is at the root of the problem. The problem is that glucose (carbohydrates) are digested on a cellular level, with the hormone insulin. This turns the glucose into fat so it can enter the cell, to be used as a fuel. It’s here, that the problem begins. The fat, that the insulin turns glucose into, is not that good of a fat. (Especially at the rate we’re consuming these carbs, now.) It is fat your body would rather store than use right away. This primitive digestive behavior is coupling itself with today’s sedentary lifestyles, to produce disastrous results.
Those results are what are costing us millions of lives, dollars, hours in lost production, our mental focus and emotional senses. All this is due to the way this food controls our blood sugars. When eaten by humans, they’re subject to the fluctuations of their blood glucose, due to the glucose infusion in the bloodstream from the carbohydrates, setting off the cry for insulin. But we’re not going to talk about insulin because its part of the story doesn’t come back in until you start looking at what this food has the ability to do to you. This is the reason for all the illness and diseases it’s causing today. If you doubt this, read my first blog.
What we’re going to look at is the change in blood glucose in the body and what influences it has on one’s moods, emotions, thoughts, actions and speech as well as physical health. We’re going to do this because the food we’ve been ingesting throughout our entire lifetime, as a species, is the same food we’re eating right now when in all actuality, it’s not. The food we’re eating now, that resembles this staple of our diet for so many years, isn’t anything like that of what we ate at that time. Today’s version of this staple is much higher in fat causing carbohydrates. It’s this one little factor about its existence that sets it aside from all other foods. The simple fact, because it has the ability to change your blood glucose so much, it has the ability to change your moods and emotional patterns, as well as behavioral patterns. Who knows what influence this factor has had throughout history? I can see today, how those patterns have been amplified. They’ve been amplified, because the food that causes this behavior has been amplified in the number of carbohydrates it provides, to those who eat it. Their glucose levels are always varying by wide margins which in turn makes their moods vary by wide margins also. This variance in range of emotions is what I contend, is a major influence on worldwide behavior today.
I wonder what it would be like if everyone were on a low carb diet and were no longer subject to the glucose changes in the blood and thereby not subject to changes in their moods and emotional behavior. Would everyone think and behave more rationally? They wouldn’t be influenced by the mood swings as much. I contend that they would. I know I have since I’ve been on a low carb diet. It’s done so much to alter my emotional behavior that it’s made me a completely new person. I’m not nearly as volatile as I used to be. I don’t lose my temper like I used to. Most importantly, I don’t get frustrated as much as I used to. Simply put, I’m a much saner guy, than what I used to be on a carbohydrate diet. I think much more rationally, now that I’m on a low carb(MCT keto) diet. If this diet can do this for me, can you imagine what it can do for anyone else? I try to imagine what it could do for the world and how it might help to mellow everyone out, just a little bit. It would, at least, make everyone healthier and that change alone might go a long way to evening our emotions.
My contention is that if I can do it for anybody in the world and if it can, why can’t that change the behavior of the world?
Only abstinence from this food can tell us if it would work. I ask you, why not try to find out if I’m correct in my assumptions? What do you have to lose? Bad Health? Lost production? Lost wealth? Lost sanity? To me the tradeoff is worth the gamble, wouldn’t you think so?