Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Good vs. Bad Carbohydrates

While I agree that eating carbs can be detrimental to keeping the weight off, it depends on what carbohydrates you are talking about. I've heard so many people talk about how they have lost weight by "just not eating carbs"! The thing is -- we need carbohydrates to keep our body functioning properly. In fact, carbohydrates are our body's preferred source of the energy we need NOW and are the ONLY source of energy for our red blood cells and brains!

To clarify, the "bad" carbs or "simple" carbs are the ones to most definitely avoid and here are some key reasons why:

  • Simple carbs add little to no nutritional value to our bodies
  • Simple carbs that contain lots of sugar and little to no fiber should definitely be avoided as they are also fattening.
  • Yes, while fruits and veggies are made up of simple carbs they also contain fiber -- which our bodies need to slow down digestion and in fact act more like complex carbs.
  • Simple carbs to avoid or minimize include soda, sugar, candy, white bread and white pasta and rice
  • Pastries and many desserts
Complex Carbohydrates are the "good" carbohydrates to have and they include:
  • Whole grains
  • Green Vegetables
  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Peas
So, determine what kind of carbohydrate you eat before you "rule it out" altogether. Get familiar with the Glycemic Index too. The Glycemic Index ranks carbohydrates from one to 100 and it is based on their effect on blood sugar levels. If attempting to follow a low-carb diet, then become familiar with how to read the glycemic index and what it means to you. Here is a link for further information. 

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