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Recently, Statistics Korea released an interesting piece of news: the price of rice hit a record low.
The reason is due to the changing eating habits of Koreans, the consumption of rice is decreasing, which is almost halved compared to 30 years ago.
It’s not just South Korea, the islanders next door, famous for their love of sushi, are also eating less and less rice, almost cut in half, meat and Dairy consumption has been increasing.
In recent years, from East Asia to Southeast Asia, the low-carb diet that eats less staple food is becoming a popular trend.
In 2018, the ketogenic diet was the #1 diet in Google searches.
In western countries, such as the United Kingdom, some national-level professional institutions have begun to promote low-carb diets for chronic patients, because it can reduce the country’s medical burden.
The United States, Australia, Canada and other countries have recognized the low-carb or ketogenic diet as a treatment for diabetes, and a large number of patients have proved it with actual experience. efficient.
In this article, let’s take a look at the current status of low-carb diets in the world?
Starting a low-carb diet, you may face a lot of doubts every day, let’s take a look at the situation abroad.
Korea, halved the amount of rice?
We all know how much Koreans love to eat carbohydrates. In the Korean dramas we watched when we were young, the protagonists would eat ramen, bibimbap, fried chicken, etc.
Young people are secretly low-carb
But now more and more young Koreans are eating less rice as they seek healthier, less carbs foods.
On the one hand, the obesity problem in South Korea has become increasingly serious in recent years.Fertilizer-related products and services reached 10 trillion won last year.
You should know that Koreans are very anxious about their appearance, Korean street girls generally wear makeup, and from their well-developed cosmetic industry, it is difficult for young people to accept obese figures.
This also means that young people will increasingly reject high-carb foods, because with publicity and popularization, everyone knows that the main thing that makes you fat is Sugars and Staples.
On the other hand, high-carb or high-sugar foods put too much pressure on metabolism, and the incidence of diabetes, high triglycerides, metabolic syndrome and other diseases is increasing year by year go higher.
Although these metabolic diseases are more common in the elderly, there is a trend towards younger people. Especially young people who are obese and have an unhealthy lifestyle.
Therefore, many young Koreans are trying to control their carbohydrate intake.
UK, the whole country supports low carbon
my country’s young people also have choices similar to Koreans, the most obvious being the popularity of the concept of “anti-sugar” in recent years.
However, I have to say that our pace is still relatively slow, because the opposition is really too loud. On the heads of low-carbon people, there are nutritionists, doctors, traditional medicine Three big mountains.
About nutrition, the world is learning from the US. The dietary guidelines of most countries are based on the USDA, but behind that guide, there are too many interests, may not be suitable for us.
Similarly, we are also learning about low-carbon diets abroad. Low-carbon diets have been developed abroad for many years.
In the UK, there is not only the NHS, the national medical system, but also many heavyweights to promote.
National Health Service promotes low carbon
Since 2015, the Diabetes UK website (diabetes.co.uk) has been promoting a low-carb diet, with very good results, with some patients successfully reversing their diabetes.
The NHS also publicly supports a low-carb diet, mainly for the treatment of diabetes, and has a professional certification QISMET.
On this diabetes website, there are very professional low-carb program guidance, and even a one-week low-carb diet recipe, which can be said to teach you low-carb hands-on.
Of course, they are not blindly promoting low-carb diets. For different patients such as Type I diabetes patients, they do not recommend a low-carb diet.
Labour Vice-President Low Carb for Diabetes
Low-carb diets are becoming more and more popular in the UK. Many people lose weight, reverse diabetes, lower blood sugar, blood pressure, blood lipids and other indexes, and more general practitioners are involved.
In addition to ordinary people, even Tom Watson, the deputy chairman of the British Labour Party, reversed diabetes with a low-carb diet, and it took only one year to succeed.
Tom Watson has been interviewed by the media and has not shied away from the possible criticism of his diet, calling for the UK to change dietary guidelines.
Watson is probably the most influential low-carb advocate, and considering his status, perhaps the person who can actually change dietary guidelines, is also under enormous pressure.
Then why would he do it? Of course, because the low-carb diet really works, especially in diabetic and obese patients like Watson, he ended up stopping the medication altogether.
Low Carbs Reverse Diabetes in Malaysian Family
It is also an Asian country. The situation in Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore and Malaysia is more similar to ours. It is inseparable from the staple food. It is really a long way to go, but the good news is getting better and better. more and more.
What happens when the whole family goes on ketosis?
The Farooq family in Malaysia have been high-fat, very low-carb for yearsCompounding the ketogenic diet, the whole family has improved health problems.
Daughter Khir was initially diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, but not just diabetes, but “type one and a half diabetes”, mainly caused by autoimmunity .
Doctors gave Khir medication, but her blood sugar levels continued to climb. Because she eats whole grains, fruits and vegetables on a traditional diabetic diet, which is more difficult to control.
Ordinary diabetes may be barely controlled by eating whole grains and medicines, but Khir has to take more medicines.
Then another doctor suggested her to cut carbs, at first she found it difficult, but after trying she was no longer tired and lethargic and her family was willing Stick with her.
Eventually Khir’s diabetes was under control and he lost a lot of weight. Her son, Azran, weighs more and has ulcerative colitis, anxiety and autism.
But Azran lost 20 kilograms after ketosis, no longer had to take colitis medication, and his anxiety and mental health also improved greatly. Stable and improved.
Khir’s 61-year-old husband, who is also overweight and has a family history of cardiovascular disease, has been concerned about growing chronic illnesses, but weight and blood pressure have significantly increased after ketosis. drop.
Kiele’s 84-year-old mother, who has Alzheimer’s disease, also involved her own mother, who, while there was no cure for Alzheimer’s, eased her decline.
Global low carbon megatrend
From a macro perspective, low-carb diets are more popular globally. On the one hand, it is the driving effect of celebrities, and on the other hand, it is the appearance of a large number of participants (human-to-human transmission is really fast).
There is a growing global acceptance of low carbon
A long time ago, the endorsement of low-carb was reserved for treatment, especially for epilepsy and diabetes. Healthy people use it to lose weight and treat other diseases, or a relatively conservative attitude.
American Diabetes Association (ADA) Diabetes Guidelines (2019), for the first time, recognize the benefits of a low-carb diet for people with diabetes and endorse it as a treatment .
Canada The Diabetes Association has become aware of the benefits of low carb for diabetes in recent years and no longer recommends 45-60% carbohydrates for diabetics.
Australia even a government report questioned dietary guidelines for diabetes because traditional guidelines recommend eating potatoes, rice, bread, etc., which the report believes should not be recommended diet.
However, low-carb or ketogenic is becoming the latest trend in weight loss and healthy eating, and “keto” is the most Googled diet-related topic in the world.
Are Asians more difficult to low-carb? Slow to adapt
Attentive you may notice that most of the good news about low carbon seems to be happening in Western countries. In fact, the status of low carbon in Asia is indeed not as good as that in countries such as the UK and the US.
There is such a question on Quora on the US version of Zhihu: Is it more difficult for Asians to be low-carb?
I don’t know if this is a question raised by someone who is anxious about the current low-carbon situation in Asia, or if it is simply difficult to compare the low-carbon situation in the East and the West, but this question is very interesting.
From an objective point of view, the eating habits of Asian countries prefer carbohydrates. We like to eat rice, noodles, and buns. Japan and South Korea like to eat rice. Southeast Asian countries also like to eat rice. Generally eat more rice and flour.
Therefore, doctors in Singapore who promote low-carb will also be worried that traditional eating habits are not friendly to ketosis, which invisibly increases the cost of diet and is not conducive to participation.
Although Western countries also eat carbohydrates, their diets are more focused on meat, eggs and dairy products, which are relatively easier to be low-carb.
Now, many young people in the West are slowly starting to reject sugar and avoid these high-additive foods.
There are more and more low-carbon young people. It is easy to get low-carbon ketosis abroad. Chicken, beef, mutton, cheese, and eggs are all ketogenic-friendly foods.
Key Thin Dragon Says
Why are more and more people practicing low carbon? Promote low carbon?
Because whoever uses it knows, only those who have tried it know what benefits low-carb will bring to the body.
Of course, the hotter the low-carb diet, the more resistance you’ll encounter.
Those who oppose low-carbon have their own goals. On the one hand, they maintain their discourse rights, and on the other hand, they protect own interests >.
For individuals, the biggest resistance comes from themselves. The temptation of carbohydrates makes you want to stop. People who are addicted to carbohydrates and sugar will try their best to eat them. Carbs, against low-carb.
Especially in low-carbon China, when you go out to visit the stalls, the night market at your doorstep, and breakfast, almost all are high-carb foods.
It is really not easy to stick to low carbon in such an environment.
Of course, we also don’t recommend deifying low-carb diets. Low-carb diets are just a door. After entering this door, there are still many things you need to do next. Different people need Find a low-carb diet that works for you.
Some people need strict calorie control, and some people need precise nutrition. All low-carbon people need to study hard and adjust according to the body’s feedback in order to find a low-carbon diet that suits them.
This may be another reason to prevent low-carbon development, because the threshold is high.