Carb: Friend or Foe?
Despite what fad diet has led us to believe, carbs are essential to our health. Every cell in our body needs it for energy. Carbohydrates are crucial for brain functioning and they are also power vital organs, lungs heart kidney. The Institute of Medicine says that our diet should consist of 45 to 65 percent of good quality carbs. So what should you be eating?
There are 2 kinds of carbohydrates – simple and complex. The difference is amidst: simple carbs are the naturally produce sugar that is found in fruits and in refined and processed foods like white bread, sugary drinks and candy. They’re quickly digested and converted to glucose or sugar in our body. These sugars are used up quickly, providing short burst of energy, but leading to fatigue. Complex carbs are the good quality kind, found in high fiber, nutrient-rich food like whole grain bread, brown rice, and whole wheat pasta and beans. They take longer to digest and fuel our body slowly and evenly over a long period of time. Food high in complex carbs provide energy during workout and eating them prior to exercising will spare the amount of glycogen or energy that has to be used by the muscles which allow you to work harder and longer.
Nutritionist and dieters are becoming increasingly aware of the health benefits associated with good complex quality carbs and the problems associated with simple carbs . A recent study by the Department of Health says that the nutrient and fiber in complex carb – aid in digestive regularity, boost in heart health and reduce the risk of cancer. Whereas simple carbs can cause mood swing, food cravings, compulsive eating and weight gain.
If you want to add more complex carbs in your diet, try whole wheat bread instead of white bread, brown rice and whole wheat. And start your day with a high fiber oatmeal.