learn to love carbs
09 May 2016

learn to love carbs

Carbs is a common word for carbohydrates

09 May 2016

Carbs is a common word for carbohydrates and is often thought of as the food that makes us fat! This is so not true – let’s take a closer look at this misunderstanding.

Carbohydrates are sugars and starch that are digested and broken down inside our body to create glucose. Glucose is our body’s primary source of fuel. It is transported around in our blood and easily used as energy. Our cells, central nervous system, brain, organs and muscles all rely on carbohydrates to function properly.

There are 2 main types of carbs: The bad guys (simple) and the good guys (complex)

Simple carbs made of monosaccharides, sugars which are rapidly absorbed into our bloodstream and give us a ‘kick’ or ‘quick fix’ of energy. These are found in most soft drinks that are on the market and also alcohol! Processed foods contain high levels of these sugars as do the more obvious snacks like biscuits, cakes and desserts. THESE are unhealthy, deficient in nutrients and high in refined sugars. THESE consumed in excess will cause weight gain.

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Complex carbs made of polysaccharides, a combination of sugars which are digested, absorbed and slowly released by our body as energy, giving us a slower but continuous source of energy. These healthy sources of carbohydrates are found in foods such as whole grains and nutrient dense foods such as wheat, rice, corn, oats, rye, buckwheat, barley and millet. Others include potatoes, bananas, beans, peas, lentils and leguminous vegetables. Plenty of the good stuff to choose from!

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Healthy carbs contain natural sugars plus fibre. Follow a balanced diet and make sure you include 25% of healthy carbs at each meal and you will benefit from:

Increase energy levels
Improve sleeping patterns
Feel fuller for longer
Enhance your mood
Increase alertness
Regulate blood glucose levels
Improve digestion
Absorb vitamins & minerals
Help metabolism
Avoid weight gain!

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