Frequently Asked Questions
What is carbohydrate deficiency?
If deficient in carbohydrates, the body will utilize protein and fats for energy. Carbohydrates are the body’s most preferred source of energy, and it is not recommended to avoid this group of foods when avoiding gluten.
The body is an efficient energy burner, and will take or make glucose from other sources and use it for energy. Ketosis occurs in the absence of carbohydrates when glycogen (glucose stores in the liver) is depleted. Regularly consuming fruits, which contain carbohydrates, and starchy vegetables will prevent ketosis from occurring. That said, fiber is an essential component in our diet for cancer prevention and healthy digestion. Without some whole grains, one would need to consume a large amount of fruits, vegetables and legumes to meet daily fiber requirements (~35g/day for men, and ~30g/day for women). July, 2012