“Personally, I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.”
Here’s an interesting article about a groundbreaking study that has revealed, and apparently in great detail, how enzymes in the cell conspire to make fat out of carbohydrates. This is one of those “way cool to know” scientific studies that, other than supplying a bit of “nutrition geek” thrill, lends additional credibility to our reduced-carbohydrate, lifestyle of choice. I find the article a bit frustrating, though, in that the apparent immediate impulse of the finding is to formulate a pharmaceutical disruption of the aforementioned process. Ponder, for just a moment, if you will, this quote from the release:
“Fatty Acid Synthase is a remarkably complex structure. It contains all of the components needed to convert carbohydrates into fat.”
All well and good. But isn’t this a bit like discovering the molecular underpinnings of why your car spits and spasms with an accumulation of water in the tank? And isn’t it ironic, too, that no mention is made of the glaringly obvious, most practicable (and even illuminated by the study itself) method by which to reduce fat accumulation? The bottom line, of course, isn’t that we need a new pharmaceutical on the market, it’s that the overweight need to quit eating so damned much carbohydrates in the first place. And I can’t even begin to imagine what the potential side-effects of the proposed pharmaceutical intervention would be. I do, though, happen to know what the side-effects of eating in the low-carbohydrate, Paleo way are. And speaking of that, check out the abstract of this study (hat tip to Scott Sonnon, of CST Free Weight Exercises for this find). Of course, had the study been carried-out over a longer time-frame the results would have been much more dramatic. We’ll take, though, what good scientific print we can.
Just something random I thought I’d throw in: So, your friends want to eat at dinner at Chili’s (an American chain restaurant), and, not wanting to appear anti-social, you go along — and actually endeavor to eat. Can the menu be navigated in a Paleo-friendly way without (1) tying up the waitress for 15 minutes with a “prima donna” order, and (2) drawing too much undue, “freak in our midst” attention? Sure. I ordered the fajia trio with a side of veggies (turned out to be steamed broccoli). I ate the fajitas tortilla-less and straight from the comal, as one would an appetizer. And they weren’t too bad for “chain restaurant” fajitas, either.