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Low Carb Taco Shells
YES: Low carbs does not mean "no carbs." instead, you are more selective about which carbs you include in a diet where protein is the dominant food source. In general, avoid the most common delayed food allergens (e.g., cow's milk, wheat, and sugar) as they can cause inflammatory reactions. If tacos and tortilla soup are corn-based they are ok. Use milk (e.g., rice) and sugar (e.g. Stevia) substitutes. ...Read more
Food Components: Generally, the components of all food (which can be burned to release calories) are composed of carbohydrate, fat &/or protein molecules. The rest is water, indigestable + trace vitamines & minerals. Carb refers to carbohydrates, meaning sugar molecules, both simple &/or complex. Fat refers to all fat (aka oil, lipid, hydrocarbon) molecules. Use google images to see the molecular patterns of atoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Low-carb diets: Low carb diets can clearly help you lose weight. Carbohydrates are broken down into simple sugars. They then enter your cells with help from Insulin and this gives you energy. Thus, you cannot decrease carbs too much. Although you can lose on a low carb diet, any diet that decreases calories can help you lose weight. Increasing your activity level is the most important factor to sustain it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: when on low carbs, your body might not have enough glucose to run the metabolism of your brain, your heart, your kidneys, other organs. It might rely on the breakdown of fats for energy- called ketoacidosis. It is not the best way to get energy and it can lead to problems in organs mentioned, esp the kidney if you dont have enough fluids to flush out the ketones. ...Read more
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