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Carbs are Your Friend (the Good Ones)

by Starr Session -- 08/23/2012 05:00 AM

Are you a carb addict? Do you find your self eating a ton of carbs during each meal of the day? Well you can have carbs, and not feel guilty about it. It’s all about the good carbs that make it worth it. Don’t be fooled that carbs are bad for you. Carbs are very important to a healthy diet. It is known that the main sources of energy for the human body are carbohydrates. So we salute you carbohydrates!

 

The basic building block of every carbohydrate is a sugar molecule, a simple union of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Starches and fibers are essentially chains of sugar molecules. Some contain hundreds of sugars. The problem is that Carbohydrates are found in a wide array of food from popcorn, beans, milk, potatoes, cookies, and the list just goes on.

There are two majors groups of Carbs: Simple Carbs, and Complex Carbs.

 

Simple carbohydrates are also called simple sugars. Simple sugars are found in refined sugars, like the white sugar you’d find in a sugar bowl. If you have a lollipop, you’re eating simple carbs. But you’ll also find simple sugars in more nutritious foods, such as fruit and milk. It’s better to get your simple sugars from food like fruit and milk because sugar isn’t added to these foods and they also contain vitamins, fiber, and important nutrients like calcium.

 

Complex carbohydrates are also called starches. Starches include grain products, such as bread, crackers, pasta, and rice. Some complex carbohydrate foods are better choices than others. Refined  grains, such as white flour and white rice, have been processed, which removes nutrients and fiber. But unrefined grains still contain these vitamins and minerals. Unrefined grains also are rich in fiber, which helps your digestive system work well. Fiber helps you feel full, so you are less likely to overeat these foods.

 

Good Carbohydrate:

Whole grains are great, because the motto is the less process the better.

Fruits, Vegetables, and beans are great as well.

 

Bad Carbohydrates (Contributes To Weight Gain):

Carbs you can avoid are refined grains like white bread and white rice.

Of course it’s also best to skip pastries, sodas and highly processed food.

 

Many people take the low carb diet approach where you choose foods with relatively low sugar content. The weight of a person is controlled by the amount of consumed calories. The less one eats, the more likely it is to lose weight. The calories one consumes will be reduced if he or she limits considerably the quantity of carbs.

 

Five Tips to adding good Carbs to your diet.

  • ·Start the morning with a good carb like oats or ceral that list whole grains as the first ingredient.
  • ·Add beans to your daily diet. They are a great source of carbohydrates and protein.
  • ·Choose real fruit instead of juice.
  • ·Switch to brown rice and whole wheat pasta
  • ·For lunch lose the white bread and choose a whole grain bread.

 

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