Originally Posted by RunbikeSki
To me, a little refined sugar is fine. But it can be a trigger for over indulgence for many people. As you know carbohydrates are essential, and refined sugar can provide a nice energy boost - when used in moderation.
Could you expand on this? I have been unable to find info that carbs are essential as protien or fats are.
I eat both refined and complex carbs. Neither of which have been a issue with fat loss. I do find that the more I have the more I want and this could be an issue with others also but does not mean there needs to be an elimination of refined sugars. I would suggest to start small and find your limit.
I need to amend this statement. As your research points out, carbohydrates, in and of themselves, aren't essential, but carb-rich foods like fruits and veggies contain the vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants that are. While you can replace many of these with supplements (IMHO) nothing beats eating the whole foods.