Carbs are the first dietary component people choose to avoid in an attempt to get healthy and fit. We can’t blame these folks for such bewilderment.

When did things really fall-out between humans and carbohydrates?

Carbs have taken some hard beating ever since this Atkins guy made it to the front page. He is all about preaching how one should not have pretzels and pizzas.

Of course, if you beat the nutrition out of anything, it stays edible left with no ounce of dietetics. Again, this doesn’t mean carbs are evil and to blame for the obesity epidemic— it just means that junk foods that are highly dosed with chemicals that make them pleasingly palatable are fast at making people big (in size).

Why do these (processed) carbs make us big?

Because we forget portion control and binge. The reality is, your diet can include some processed carbs too, as long as it is under moderation.
Author Frances Largeman-Roth is the senior food and nutrition editor at Health magazine. She believes that when eaten during the right time and in the right amount, carbs help maintain a healthy body weight and provide you with the energy you need. This is the same logic we discussed in Buddha Bowl blog too.

What exactly are these carbohydrates?

These are made up of sugar molecules, which are broken down into energy to fuel your body. They are the powerhouses of strength and vitality, which propel the functionality of body and mind.

Carbs are again divided into two categories:

a) Simple Carbs

Sugars are simple carbs. While most of them are added in the American diets in the form of raw sugar and fructose, some do occur naturally in milk. The added ones are the “bad carbs” that cardio bunnies and fitness pros advocate avoiding. And the ones that top this list are cake, beer, candy and soda.

b) Complex Carbs

Complex carbs are oatmeal, potatoes, quinoa, and peas.
These are universally better because they pound your body with nutrients, fibre and starch, which take time in digesting. This means that they keep you satiated for longer, feeling full, which helps when you are trying to loose weight.

For example, powerhouse grain like quinoa, contains nearly twice as much fibre as its peers but its also is a complete protein- meaning you can skip the saturated fats and still get the amino acids your body needs to build your muscle. List of whole grains include 100% whole wheat, whole oats, wheat berries, wild rice, brown rice, barley millet, amaranth, sorghum, triticale.

What did we learn?

It’s not the type of carbohydrate that really matters, but how quickly your body can break it down and how much it will spike your sugar levels. The important thing to remember is that your body needs carbs, even if some of the crazy diets tell you otherwise. This becomes even more important if you’re performing intense exercise. Without carbohydrates, your body will begin to break down your muscle tissue to fuel your body, which will sabotage your efforts.

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