Nutritionist: Active People Can Eat All The Carbs They Want

Filed under: Low-carb Tips — @ August 20, 2006

Although the low-carb lifestyle has fallen out of favor with many in the media, there are a few diehard nutritionists who can’t help themselves when they have the opportunity to share their slanted negative opinions about low-carb living.

One such example is Mahenderan Appukutty, a sports science lecturer and nutritionist from the Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) in Malaysia. He wrote an op-ed health column entitled “Yes to carbs!”

Mahenderan said a lot in his column and I personally respond to each of the gross inaccuracies in his piece. But one statement he made sticks out more than any other as the most asinine and reckless words that could possibly be uttered by someone claiming to be a so-called “expert” on the subject of diet and health.

Here is what he said:

“As a rule, any type of [carbohydrate] works for active people.”

Does this man even realize the ramifications of what he has said?

bq. Mahendran thinks that as long as you are “active” (and this recent survey revealed many overweight and obese people think they are), then you can have all the sugary snacks, including chocolate cake, lemon ice box pie, Twinkies, Doritos, potato chips, French fries, pizza, french toast, cereal, ice cream–need I keep listing all of the carb-loaded possibilities–that you can stuff in your mouth! What a joke and very, very bad advice … I am very much in favor of people implementing exercise as a permanent daily habit into their lives, but I would NEVER suggest they start eating more carbs to fuel their workouts.

Read more of my reaction to this poor diet advice from nutritionist Mahenderan Appukutty by clicking here.


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