All CARBS WERE NOT CREATED EQUAL

ALL CARBS WERE NOT CREATED EQUAL

Should I or should I not cut the carbs in my diet? That is the question many of us still struggle with today. Well, after watching the above video and reading this article we should at least have a better understanding of what they are and how to deal with them. And which, if All Carbs Were Not Created Equal should be avoided.

ALL CARBS WERE NOT CREATED EQUAL

ALL CARBS WERE NOT CREATED EQUAL

ALL CARBS WERE NOT CREATED EQUAL

Carbs! The Good The Bad The Ugly

Many people have a love-hate relationship with carbs. As in, love to eat cakes, cookies, pasta, and chips, but hate what these tasty foods do to our moods, bodies, and waistlines.

Nutritional experts are also divided. Some diets completely get rid of carbohydrates while others tout moderation and filling up on more wholesome carbs like legumes, whole grain breads, vegetables and fruit.

So, where is the middle ground? The answer seems to be that we should eat less bad carbs and munch more on what is know as the good carbs, aka- complex carbs, as the body needs a daily amount so that they can be processed into usable energy.

That makes it all the more important to know the difference between the two and understand not only what carbohydrates do, but why we need them. And most importantly again, if all carbs were not created equal, which ones should we eat and which ones we should stay away from.

What are carbohydrates?

Carbs, are an energy source in foods that come from sugar cellulose and starch. They can be divided mainly into two groups: Simple Carbs and Complex Carbs. 

ALL CARBS WERE NOT CREATED EQUAL

Complex carbs, also known as good carbs or slow carbs are found in fruits and vegetables. They are both natural and good for us and should be eaten in abundance. They provide fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants

ALL CARBS WERE NOT CREATED EQUAL

These are the ones to avoid. Bad Carbs or simple carbs trigger food intake by activating reward pathways in the brain, making us eat more calories than we would if we ate a similar food in its natural form.

Carbohydrates

COMPLEX CARBS

These are the carbs that are  less likely to be changed into fats. Complex carbs are the starches and fibers found in fruits, grains, vegetables and milk products. Though often frowned upon by trendy diets, carbohydrates are one of the basic food groups. They are  important for a healthy life as our bodies turn this much needed food group into glucose, which is the body's main source of energy. Brown rice, oatmeal, potatoes, beans and quinoa are all examples of complex carbs, as well as lentils, and beans. 

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SIMPLE

Simple carbs, also known as fast carbs often have a softer texture and are found in foods like white rice, white bread, cakes and candy.  They are rich in calories but poor in nutrition as they are basically refined sugar. They are quickly digested causing the blood sugar and insulin levels to spike.  Although fruits, veggies and dairy are technically made of simple carbs they contain protein, fiber and other nutrients that cause them to act more like complex carbs in the body so should be eaten every day. 

ALL CARBS WERE NOT CREATED EQUAL

Bad Carbs, along with an inactive lifestyle, increases the risk of metabolic problems and diabetes. Because they are high in refined sugar they contribute to swelling along with a host of other problems like cancer and heart disease. 

Why Do We Need Them?

Well; Simple Carbs we simply do not need! But because they taste so good, many of us have a problem staying away from them altogether. But we can and should at least limit the amount we put into our bodies. What we do need are Complex carbs, as  getting rid of them completely only bring hidden problems. Key reasons why we need them are:

  • They Supports Digestion
  • Help us to sleep peacefully
  • And they brighten our moods
ALL CARBS WERE NOT CREATED EQUAL

Jan Mai

Chief Content Officer based in South Florida.

Learning how to tell the difference between simple and complex carbs and the affects they have on the body is a great way to start any diet program. Just having the process broken down for us as shown in the above video definitely helps those of us who are on a quest to getting those ever sought after ripped abs.

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