Eating carbohydrates is all about eating the right types of carbs. Unfortunately, most of the carbohydrate foods surrounding us are the ones we need to be avoiding. These are called simple carbohydrates. We need to be eating the second classification of carbohydrates. complex. So lets dig in! Let's learn the good, bad, and everything else about these two important classifications.
Also known as refined sugars or empty carbs, these types of carbs get these names because of their immediate digestion into the blood stream as sugar. Simple carbs contain little fiber, vitamins, and nutrients. They are primarily a source of calories with little nutritional benefit. In addition, the rapid breakdown of these carbs into sugar in the bloodstream can lead to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. We highly recommend you limit the consumption of these carbohydrates. the problem is they are everywhere. Candy, fast food, white bread & rice, pastas, and foods with refined white flour surround us. Like the "forbidden fruit" these foods taste delicious and tempt us everywhere, but their consumption is ultimately harmful to our bodies.
Also known as starches, these carbs get their name from their long strands of sugar linked together. Unlike simple carbohydrates, these long strands take a long time to breakdown, only dispersing little amounts of sugar into the bloodstream at a time. They are also nutritionally rich with vitamins, nutrients, and fiber, all of which add to the digestion process. Because of this elaborate digestion, you will become full quicker and stay full for a longer amount of time. Complex carbohydrates come from the earth, most commonly found in fruits and vegetables. These types of carbs are also found in legumes and whole-grain breads and cereals. Eating good carbs can make you eat less calories while still fulfilling your nutritious thresholds. So eat the right types of carbs and experience the benefits of a healthy diet.