Many people hear the word “carbs” and instantly think that it is a food group that will make you gain weight and should be avoided completely.
This isn't the case however because there are good carbs and bad carbs!
Getting the good kind into your diet on a regular basis will have lots of health benefits and help you on your weight loss/fitness goals.
Let's take a look at the differences between the two types of carbs and some more information that might help you out in regards to your food choices.
What are the difference between good carbs and bad carbs?
Many people don't realize that carbohydrates should be your primary energy source. Not all carbs are alike but they should never be avoided completely.
Those who go on “no carb diets” often fail, not because they are weak but because their body is crying out for carbs to keep them working as they should be.
Simple carbs are what are known as “bad” and complex carbs are commonly referred to as “good”. The difference between the two?
The good ones have longer chains of sugar molecules which takes your body longer to break down, as a result giving you heightened energy for a longer period of time.
They also contain more fiber and nutrients, giving your body a lot of the goodness that it needs. These type are also usually pretty low in calories while still filling you up!
The higher in sugar and lower in fiber a carbohydrate is, the worse it is for you. These carbs have NONE of the nutrients that your body needs, so why would you indulge in them?
They are addictive, will make you bloat and INCREASE your appetite/cravings for sugary food rather than satisfy your needs. The amount of sugar in these carbs is enormous and could lead to some pretty nasty diseases if you don't monitor your intake correctly.
These are what's known as bad carbs and should be avoided if possible.
What carbs should you be eating more of?
Now that you've learnt more about the science behind carbs, let's take a look at what you are really interested in; the carbs you should be eating and what you shouldn't be eating too much of.
Simple carbs (ones to be avoided) – Soda, candy, white rice, white pasta, white bread, pastries and desserts. Potatoes are a strange one, they should technically be good but the way they act in your body, makes them more like carbs that are not so good.
Complex carbs (consume in all their goodness) – Vegetables, fruit, lentils, nuts, seeds, brown bread, brown rice and brown pasta.
Now that you know carbohydrates are not so bad – in fact, there are many that are good for you, what are you waiting for? Incorporating good carbs into your daily life will benefit you in a number of ways.
Very few foods should actually be cut out of your life COMPLETELY.
Eating well should be a combination of knowledge, moderation and balance. Try to be sensible about the carbs that you put into your body and you will reap the benefits.