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During the millions of years of our evolution, carbohydrates were rare. They just don't exist in great quantities in nature. And until agriculture (which was only a short blip ago in evolutionary time) our bodies had plenty of protein but very few carbs. To make sure we ate carbs when we came across them, nature has imbued us with a strong craving for carbs.

The problem is, of course, we now live in a world where carbs are immensely abundant, but evolution hasn't had enough time to adapt to it.

And while our bodies are capable of dealing with a big inflow of carbs occasionally, the unrelenting inflow day after day is something our systems are incapable of handling well. When a high carb inflow continues, the cells themselves eventually become insulin-insensitive, which means the body has to produce greater amounts of insulin to get the sugar out of the bloodstream and into the cells. The extra insulin also encourages the storing of fat.

The unnatural prevalence of obesity is the result of the unnatural availability of carbs.

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