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ALWAYS eat this with carbs (Part II)

Posted by Joel Marion

The other day I shared with you the one nutrient NEVER to combine with carbohydrates, and today I’m back with part II of this mini series to inform you of the one nutrient you should ALWAYS consume anytime you plan to enjoy some carb action.

But first, a quick recap of the previous article:

In the last article it was suggested that you never consume large amounts of fat and carbs together.  Now, there are numerous reasons why the combo isn’t desirable, but the main issue is the insulin secreted from the carb intake and the “storage”  environment it creates in the blood.  Insulin (storage hormone) + fatty acids = more fat storage.

The presense of insulin also cause several fatty acid transporters to relocate to the cell membrane to make for easier fat storage.

Sure, fat can store itself without insulin, but adding insulin makes the fat storage proces easier.  Needless to say, if you’re looking to lose fat, making it easier for your body to store fat is probably the last thing you want.

Moving on to the one nutrient you should ALWAYS eat with carbs:  Protein, and again for several reasons.

Consuming a large portion of carbs generally results in loads of blood sugar being dumped in to the blood stream and a large insulin response.  When you consume protein with carbs, however, digestion is slowed, blood sugar release is more stable, and the hormone glucagon is secreted to antagonize and control insulin.

Basically, carbs + protein is a much better, controlled situation than eating carbs alone.

Take home message:  Never eat carbs alone.

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Enjoy the above tips!

Joel

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Hi Joel,

Interesting articles, parts I & II. I need some clarification. When you say carbs, are you assuming all carbs? I usually spread some peanut or almond butter on apple slices as a filling snack. I believe that this combines fiber, carbs, protein and fats in one. According to you article I, its a no-no, but according to article II, its fine. Thank you for helping clarify this matter for me.

S

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Wow, I was taught not to mix protein and carbs together unless you want to gain weight. Now I’m confused…

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Hi Joel,
thanks for both of your tips (part I and II).
I was just wondering, what would be the appropriate protein for those who don’t eat meat or eggs?
Would cheese with 40% of fat in dry matter; 16% of total fat; 40% of dry matter; 18,2g of fat per 100g of cheese, count as a protein or fat?
And would (organic) yoghurt with 3,6% of fat count as protein or fat?
My diet is based on veggies and legumes (no soy!), usually in a salad with pumpkin or olive oil, with max 75 g of cheese I mentioned; organic yoghurt; fish occasionally. Unfortunately, I can’t eat eggs at the moment, though organic, I’ve developed an allergy, so I’m on the egg- brake at the moment.
I’m sure there are many who don’t eat meat among your followers, what would be your advice for us in regards to these two recent tips?
Kind greetings from Europe,
Bo

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Hi Joel;
So should we eat steak with our baked potatoes or not?? Is it a good idea because the meat provides protein, or a bad idea because the meat includes fat?
Like others, I’m now confused. I think these two articles require some clarification so we know what it what and which is which.
D

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starches and protein is great for poor digestion and transit time. I guess that is ok because you feel fuller longer (err bloated) but I am not sure how long I want protein putrifying in my gut.

@ Moni:

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Hi Joel,

In an interview with Mark Sisson (Primal Blueprint dude!) he stated that based on history the body does not need any carbs – unless the work being performed requires more glycogen then the body produces on its own.

If this be true, by eliminating all forms of carbs, processed and otherwise, this debate of what to eat with what would be over.

Thought I’d throw in some ‘food’ for thought:-)

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Hi Joel,

You have no idea how your posts have educated me and those around me with whom I share your info.
Anything that will help us be lean and healthy is a Godsend!!!

Be well.

Minah

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Anyone else is about to give up on all of this? I wonder how our ancestors (no, not the ones in caves, but just one -two generations before us) survided eating and not knowing what to combine with what. It all is getting out of hands.

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Galina wrote:

Anyone else is about to give up on all of this? I wonder how our ancestors (no, not the ones in caves, but just one -two generations before us) survided eating and not knowing what to combine with what. It all is getting out of hands.

It’s pretty easy.

Eat protein with every meal.

If you eat carbs, don’t eat fat (and vice versa).

Hope this helps,

Joel

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David wrote:

Hi Joel;
So should we eat steak with our baked potatoes or not?? Is it a good idea because the meat provides protein, or a bad idea because the meat includes fat?
Like others, I’m now confused. I think these two articles require some clarification so we know what it what and which is which.
D

Steak is protein + fat, so don’t eat carbs.

Always eat protein. If your meal contains fat, don’t eat carbs (again, except for green veggies…have as much as those as you want).

If you want to have carbs, combine it with a lean protein that doesn’t contain much fat (very lean beef, chicken breast, turkey breast, etc).

Hope this helps!

Joel

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Shadi wrote:

Hi Joel,
Interesting articles, parts I & II. I need some clarification. When you say carbs, are you assuming all carbs? I usually spread some peanut or almond butter on apple slices as a filling snack. I believe that this combines fiber, carbs, protein and fats in one. According to you article I, its a no-no, but according to article II, its fine. Thank you for helping clarify this matter for me.
S

Nut butters are a mixed food – they’re mostly fat, but they do contain a bit of protein and carbs. For all intents and purposes, consider it a fat source.

In small amounts, the combination isn’t so bad, but if you’re sitting down to a post workout meal of pasta and protein for example, high fat content isn’t doing you any favors.

All the best,

Joel

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Hi Joel,

Can you please explain more about carbs ?
Because there are fibrous (veggies), simple (fruits) and starchy carbs (grains complete & processed).

So what do you mean by carbs ?

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Hola Joel,
So I have a question that is not exactly related to this post but is related to dieting and specifically to cheat days. I’ve read all about how we need to have those cheat days once a week to get our leptin levels back up in order to burn fat better. But sometimes I think I’m going a little too far out there on those days. I eat pretty much anything. Fast food, candy, processed junk, and a lot more. Should I be eating only certain things on my cheat days and avoid things like trans fat and high fructose corn syrup?

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I missed part 1 of your article about what to eat with carbs. How can I get that valuable information?

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