Pasta is made from wheat. Wheat is less than desirable.
Bacon is a tasty treat to be enjoyed in moderation. Bacon is not something that I would want to eat very often. The problem with pork is that it's the most contaminated meat of all..Beef is a lot better, beef can even be eaten raw , I ate a lot of raw steak tartar when I was growing up, and never got sick, but you never going to catch me eating undercooked pork.
My doctor gave me one more chance to remove starchy carbs and fruit from my diet or else I was going to start Metformin for Type 2 Diabetes.
I finally did it. No potatoes, rice, peas, corn, popcorn, fruit, pasta, etc. After 30 days, my A1C was <6 and my blood glucose was 84. This morning, my home machine said 71.
Without counting calories, I've lost 30.2# since December 1st, 8 weeks.
After I lose another 10#, I'm get to start gradually reintroducing healthy fruits.
I haven't ridden that much since December 1st due to the cold but I did just get back from Tucson where I rode 240 miles in a week with several mountain pass climbs and I never cramped or suffered from lack of carbs.
BTW, my BP has dropped immensely, too, especially the upper number.
I hover around 100-150g of 'base' carbs and then I add carbs based on the athletic endeavors of the day. If I'm going on my 4 hour ride on Saturday, I'll start the day off with a big sweet potato. So I might be at 300-400 grams of carbs on a big riding day (2000-2500 kj of riding). If I try to do a hard ride at a low carb intake (say, 50-75g/day) I just cannot put out much power. It's a _big_ difference.
I think that eating whole, naturally grown/raised food is the biggest gain. I end up eating a good chunk of fat every day, but I don't spend much time ketogenic.
I personally feel that gluten causes a lot of problems that are not necessarily related to celiac, but that's a debatable point, so I don't necessarily want to put that on others. What is an easy thing to see is that there are other better options.
FWIW, my Saturday pre-ride breakfast is a bunch of sweet potato (~500-600 grams). I mix in cinnamon, ground ginger, some maca root, a sprinkle of chopped walnuts, a scoop of vanilla whey and a pour of coconut milk. It's a big breakfast. It ends up to be about 85-100 grams of starch/sugar, 30-35 grams of protein and bit of fat. It's maybe 750 calories or so. It pretty much powers me for a 4+ hour ride.
Anyway, how is someone supposed to eat Chinese food without some rice?
We're talking of harmful substances in so small concentrations that even worrying about them is a bit simple. I mean yeah, if you eat white flour or just a certain kind of pea or just drink milk you might face some effects, but seriously, who does that?
Wheat acting as a stomach irritant has not been proven, nor is it actually suggested as a viable possibility (irritable bowl syndrome aside, but IBS can be affected by practically anything and is not limited to just grain products). I get the feeling that mostly bloating and irritable bowel has more to do with abuse of starchy food in general than wheat. I mean, you stuff your face with massive amounts of white bread, rice, pasta etc. and when you stop doing that by "cutting gluten" you suddenly feel better. How is that I wonder...
In fact it has beem shown by science that the coarse fibers in whole wheat (and of course other grains) have beneficial effects on the digestive system. It's funny how the one paleo dude misquoted one study in his book saying the coarse fibers "rip" the intestinal walls and cause added mucal discharge and that is a bad thing. It's true that the fibers do rip the intestine and cause mucus to form, but the actual researcher felt that it was actually a very good thing this happens.
About the whole empty calorie thing. Gels are empty calories, and rice, and white bread etc. You can find a ton of empty calorie sources but whole grains are not one of them. They do actually contain quite good amounts of vitamins and fiber in a tight packed starchy form. I mean, yes, you could eat a few pounds of broccoli on a ride to get the carbs, nutrients and fiber and get the carbs needed, or you could eat a few whole wheat jam sandwiches and get the carbs in a much tighter delicious package. Or gels (although I hate the taste of gels. blech)
Then again Allen Lim suggests that potatoes are good for riding food as they have a high glycemic index and load (as does sweet potato, but sweet potato is a bit more cumbersome to prepare)
'Empty' calories are not necessarily a bad thing. If you're looking to get some carbs in your diet for a hard workout, I think you could do a lot worse than rice or potatoes. For me, I seem to work better with starches as opposed to just sugars.
http://www.stokesfoods.com/product.htm Abso-feakin'-lutely delicious.
I've had them in chip form, years back. I -think- one of my local ethnic junk food dealers* sells them; should add it to my shopping list.
* In spite of having four "Asian" markets and a Mexican grocer within 5 miles of each other, most of their stock overlaps and consists of packaged junk food. Thus, I don't feel the urge to shop there much.