Are Carbs Necessary for a Healthy Diet?

Q: I am on board with much of what you say. But sometimes it seems you are against all carbohydrates, even of the whole grain kind. I certainly think that the fiber and B-vitamins we get from whole grains add to a healthy diet of fats and protein. Am I right?

Also, do you see a difference between the saturated fat of an egg and that of ordinary animal fat? Do you trim the fat on cuts of beef you eat? Do you eat this fat if you cook the meat with it?

A: I know I sometimes seem "against" something when I am only trying to make a point. I enjoy many fruits and vegetables, but I’m tired of hearing and reading that old mantra: "Eat a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables." So I always try to emphasize that you can live perfectly well without them. People are obsessed with the "magic" of fruits and vegetables due to 50 years of bad nutritional advice.

You never hear: "Eat a healthy diet with a lot of pig fat, cream and butter." So I’ve made it my personal mission to get that message out there. To answer your question, whole grains are OK as a supplement to your diet. I especially like Scottish oats for breakfast. Just don’t count on them to provide you with all the nutrition you need.

Now for your next question: Saturated fat is saturated fat, and, contrary to what you have been taught, almost all of the saturated fats are good for you, not bad for you. I always ask for the fattiest cuts of meat. (Butchers either think I’m crazy or smart. I can usually tell which by their expression.) A steak carefully trimmed of the fat around it is not a healthy steak. It’s no healthier than skim milk. Milk is balanced by nature with a cream layer. A nice ring of fat, as well as fat in the interior, balances a good steak.

Regarding eggs, they’re actually a low-fat food. The fat they do contain is good for you, since there are no trans fats formed by cooking. But they are healthier raw or lightly cooked. The more you eat per day, the better.

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  1. BKCROSS says

    I’ve receive alot of these doctors e-mails and I like what I hear but it seems to me that it’s about sales of products.Please help me keep my interest in these sites!

  2. Anonymous says

    You say that raw or lightly cooked eggs are healthier. How do suggest I deal with the salmonella? Should I balance it with some peanut butter from that plant in West Texas?

  3. Anonymous says

    Dr WCD,
    you are wrong period. Saturated fat from coconut oil is healthy, but not animal fat, nor animal protein.

    You are also wrong about eggs. They are not healthy when cooked, and are poison when raw.

    You should punch yourself for giving out stupid information to the general public. I’ll bet you like fluoride, mercury fillings, mammograms, and chemo treatments as well.
    Do some research.

  4. Anonymous says

    If you loosen the nuts on the wheel of a car, eventually the wheel falls off. Look out Anonymous, I think you are about to loose a wheel or two!

  5. Anonymous says

    Oh my word, as usual people hear but do not listen, look and do not see. Dr WCD is talking about grass fed beef, natural eggs, raw milk and everything natural, not hormone treated and unorthodox fed and raised animals for our consumption, please I invite you to hear and listen, to look and see and then make an intelligent comment. I for one say keep up the good work Dr. C.
    PS. One question if we do not receive information about products that may be helpful to our health without side effects, how do you expect to find out if it is not advertised.

  6. Anonymous says

    The Doctor is correct. Saturated fats are not the enemy they are touted to be and the same goes for animal fats…In moderation of course. With regards to animal fats, the rule to remember is that the quality of fat of that animal is only as good as the food that animal ate before being wrapped up in plastic and displayed on a shelf. The body stores toxins in its fat in order to protect vital systems from harm, so what ever toxins that cow ingested prior to being dispatched will inevitably end up in that ring of fat surrounding that ribeye steak. So while animals fats are fine in moderation for a healthy diet, the quality of that meat and fat are also highly important.

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