As the first month of the year ends, and the first long weekend arrives, I hope you've started working on your 2018 resolutions! I sure need to keep reminding myself.
Last week, I had a long chat with one of our regular customers about how she decided to shun wheat carbs in order to control weight. Interesting discussion! It led me to search and address a very basic question my team and I have to answer repeatedly for many customers.
Are Carbohydrates Bad For Health?
Over the last 10 years opinions have ranged widely on carbohydrates. Some diets promote carbs as healthy while others shun them. So, are carbs good or bad for health? The short answer is: they are both.
Crabs are not just found in wheat and rice but in most of the food we eat such as vegetables, bread, nuts, seeds, fruits, milk/ diary, juices and desserts.
It is important to differentiate between good and bad carbs. And fortunately, it is not as complex as it may seem.
Complex Carbs Are Good Carbs
Good carbs are also referred to as complex carbohydrates. Their chemical structure and fibers require our bodies to work harder to digest and release energy over a long period of time.
Good carbs are mostly found in food in its natural state. A general rule of thumb - closer you stay to the natural form, the better.
Why Are They Good?
Simple Carbs Are Unhealthy
Simple carbs are smaller molecules of sugar that are digested quickly into our body. The energy is stored as glycogen and if not used immediately converted to fat.Most processed foods are generally stripped of natural nutrients and fiber to make them tastier and give instant energy.
The problem does end here, since these foods are quickly digested and absorbed in our bodies it leads to more craving and hunger.
Some examples for processed food include,
Why Are They Bad?
Thus, answer to healthier living lies not in throwing our crabs from your diet but being selective in what you bring home and store in the kitchen cabinet.