ALL ABOUT CARBOHYDRATES
Let’s talk a bit about Carbs. What are they? When should we eat Carbs? Are Carbs good for me?
We are told time and time again, to stay away from Carbs (Carbohydrates). We are told that if we want to lose weight, we need to eliminate Carbs from our daily intake. Well, what if I told you that we should be eating Carbs? What If I told you, that part of healthy eating includes Carbohydrates as part of our daily nutritional intake?
Carbohydrates are your body's main fuel source. The foods we eat contain nutrients that provide energy and other things the body needs. Most of the nutrients in food fall into three major groups: proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. The two main forms of carbohydrates are sugars (such as fructose, glucose, and lactose) and starches, which are found in foods such as starchy vegetables, grains, rice, breads, and cereals. The body breaks down (or converts) most carbohydrates into the sugar glucose, which is absorbed into the bloodstream. As the glucose level rises in the body, the pancreas releases a hormone called insulin. Insulin is needed to move sugar from the blood into the cells, where it can be used as a source of energy. Glucose is used immediately — whether it's going for a jog or simply breathing. Extra glucose is stored in your liver, muscles and other cells for later use, or is converted to fat.
HEALTHY VS UNHEALTHY
Carbohydrate quality is important; some types of carbohydrate-rich foods are better than others:
· The healthiest sources of carbohydrates—unprocessed or minimally processed whole grains, vegetables, fruits and beans—promote good health by delivering vitamins, minerals, fiber, and a host of important phytonutrients.
Unhealthier sources of carbohydrates include white bread, pastries, sodas, and other highly processed or refined foods. These items contain easily digested carbohydrates that may contribute to weight gain, interfere with weight loss, and promote diabetes and heart disease.
TIP: Limit foods with added sugars and refined grains, such as sugary drinks, desserts and candy- high in Calories with very little nutritional value. Go for fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Try a Complex Carb (Whole Grain Bread) early in the morning! This is a slow digesting carb-hence giving you the necessary energy to last throughout the day!
Choose your carbs Wisely and always, always try to make healthy decisions for your mind, body and soul.