One of the biggest things that caused me to become carb-phobic was after reading about the process called glycation. For those who haven’t heard of it, it apparently is the reaction that takes place when any type of sugar is ingested and reacts with the body. It can alter proteins, destabilize hormone receptor sites, and cause free-radical formation. It sounds pretty horrible and even after reading 12 Paleo Myths, this still concerns me. Also after reading the very detailed description of the effect of sugar on the immune system in “Primal Body, Primal Mind” eating carbs still kind of worries me. Would love some input and perspective on this from Matt or anyone.
Dr. Ray Peat: “Oxidation of sugar is metabolically efficient in many ways, including sparing oxygen consumption. It produces more carbon dioxide than oxidizing fat does, and carbon dioxide has many protective functions, including increasing Krebs cycle activity and inhibiting toxic damage to proteins. The glycation of proteins occurs under stress, when less carbon dioxide is being produced, and the proteins are normally protected by carbon dioxide.”