Monday, November 3, 2014

Carbs Aren't Bad!

Often times it is common to hear that it is important to keep carbs low, or making sure that one is not eating too many carbs. There is some truth to this, because just like in many other cases, too much of a good thing can become bad. The reality though, is that carbs are more than just breads and cookies and crackers. Carbs include beans, grains, fruits, and vegetables. When your body digests a carb, it turns into glucose in your body, which is utilized for energy. The point at which carbs are in excess is when your body turns that glucose into adipocytes, which are fat cells. This is the fear that is common, and why many stay away from carbs. Dietitian and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) spokesperson Marisa Moore says, "Skipping carbs can sometimes leave you feeling fatigued, irritable, and just overall tired.  And you might find it hard to concentrate because carbs are important to help keep your brain going”.  Since there are “good carbs” though, it is important to recognize what those are and incorporate those into your diet. What is it that makes a “good carb”, good? The difference is in regard to the fiber content and amount of added sugar. Look for natural fiber content and low or no, added sugar.  Being aware of the difference in carb choices can make a change in energy levels and impact in the overall function of your body.

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