13 Sep 2007
Foods such as white flour, white sugar and polished rice are lacking in the B vitamins and other nutrients. Excessive consumption of these foods will perpetuate already existing vitamin B deficiency conditions. Enriched products usually include some of the B vitamins. If the B vitamins are absent, however, carbohydrate digestion cannot take place, resulting in indigestion, symptoms of heartburn and nausea. Individual variations including rate of metabolism, activity level, body weight and body consumption will significantly influence the total amount of carbohydrates necessary for an individual to function at an optimal level.
A total lack of carbohydrates may promote ketosis, loss of energy, depression, and the breakdown of lean body tissue.