Chuck shed 265 pounds by conquering food addiction and devoting himself to a healthier lifestyle! Eight years later, he’s maintaining the weight loss by eating a plant-based diet. Going vegan once seemed unthinkable to Chuck, but now it’s going back to eating processed meat and dairy that would be inconceivable.
Neal Barnard, M.D.
Dr. Neal Barnard, a real-life rock star and authority on plant-based living, motivates and inspires both new vegans and those who have been plant-powered for life.
Good Carbs vs. Bad Carbs
If you thought the best way to lose weight and get healthy was to avoid carbohydrates, think again! Carbs play a vital role in keeping us healthy and can even help us stay slim and trim. But beware! Some carbs are healthier than others. Complex carbohydrates, found mostly in whole plant foods, maintain their natural fiber and fuel your body with the energy it needs. But simple carbs—which are made of one or two sugar molecules—are often stripped of their fiber, vitamins, and minerals. In this episode, Chuck Carroll and the Physicians Committee’s Susan Levin, R.D., will teach you everything you need to know about choosing your carbs wisely!
On The Show
Inspiration: It’s part two of our eye-opening interview with Olympic silver medalist and founder of the Switch4Good campaign, Dotsie Bausch. She goes in depth about how a plant-based diet is helping her avoid painful chronic inflammation that sometimes plagues athletes and hinders their performance. Now, some elite athletes are even coming up to her for advice! Plus, learn all about the upcoming documentary about plant-based athletes, The Game Changers, featuring Bausch and Barnard Medical Center director Jim Loomis, M.D.
Study up! School is in session as Susan and Chuck discuss a mountain of studies that shed light on just how healthy carbs can be! Here are the studies that we reference.
- Plant-based diets proven best for type 2 diabetes
- Lowering fat, increasing carbs better for type 2 diabetes
- Eating large amounts of animal protein increase diabetes risk by 13%
- Low-carb diet linked to increased mortality
- Low-carb diet increases risk of heart disease
- Cutting out meat boosts heart attack victims' chances for survival
- Eating grains linked to longer life
Better, Best! We’re showing you “better” and “the best” ways to turn some of the most popular unhealthy carbs into foods that will make your body sing. Better yet, it’s so easy to do!
|Carbs to Limit||Smarter Carbs||Best Choices|
||Or better yet choose:|
|Candy||Dried fruit||Whole fruit|
|Soda or punch||Fruit juice||Seltzer with a dash of juice|
|White bread||Whole-wheat bread||Seven-grain bread|
|Enriched pasta||Whole-wheat pasta||Cracked wheat pilaf|
|White Crackers||Whole-grain cracker||Vegetable sticks|
|Cotton Candy||Caramel apple||Apple|
|Chocolate chip cookie||Oatmeal raisin cookie||Strawberries|
|Sugary cereal||Bran cereal||Rolled oats|
There’s a lot more to learn about complex carbs vs. simple carbs.