Gluconeogenesis Is Key Low-Carb Concept

Filed under: Health — @ March 4, 2006

I don’t like things getting too technical because you lose about 99.99% of the population when you start using jargon that only the few trained in that particular field of study as well as the hard-nosed novices can understand.

The same goes for the nutritional science behind low-carb. During my visit to Brooklyn, New York in mid-January for the annual Nutritional & Metabolic Aspects of Carbohydrate Restriction conference, I learned a new word that should be on the lips of everyone who cares about the subject of low-carb living: GLUCONEOGENESIS.

Before you shut your brain down on me, let me explain.

In a nutshell, gluconeogenesis, or GNG, is the process of the body creating glucose (or sugar carbs) out of the breakdown of proteins in the liver.

What this means is that you body doesn’t necessarily NEED you to eat carbohydrates as much as it needs fat and protein. Can’t you hear the opponents of low-carb kicking and screaming now?

bq. You will have the scientific facts to throw back at these naysayers (remember this one?!) who tell you that you “need” to eat carbohydrates for your body to function right. As my wife would say, “Bullfunky!” No you don’t. With gluconeogenesis working for you, your body could never take in another carbohydrate ever again and still survive just fine.

Read more about the fascinating process of gluconeogenesis, including a diagram of how it works, by clicking here.

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