I'm in my first year in a health science-related program and taking a biochemistry course. I knew we'd get there eventually, but last week we hit metabolism.
The prof mainly stuck to the science stuff, but also threw in things like:
- your brain can't run without carbohydrates
- ketosis is a "pathology" and must be avoided. It's very dangerous
- Atkins is dangerous because it's an all-protein diet
- you need to eat lots of carbohydrates or you'll hit the wall
- you should be drinking sugar constantly if you are participating in endurance sports
- "think of yourself as an animal running away from a predator. That animal requires a high-carbohydrate diet to out run its predator" etc....
After class I approached him and he was very open to doing some reading. He was particularly shocked when I told him I'd learned that the body can run happily on ketones. He could NOT believe that there was research that a low-carbohydrate diet is healthy. He is, however, open to learning more and is on board with saturated fats being good.
I've googled around and other than an Emily Deans article, can't find anything worth sending to a well-read professor about ketones and low carb body functioning. Can anyone direct me to some articles I can send him??? I was impressed at how willing to learn he was. As he is lecturing a room full of future medical professionals when he teaches this course, I'd love for him to be giving them (us) GOOD information because everyone who left lecture last week was pretty convinced that it's high carb or die...