3 Things You Need to Know About Carbs Today!

Do you get cravings?  What do you crave?  Many people who get cravings believe all they crave are carbs, but if you look at the foods you crave you may be surprised to learn that the foods you crave contain more calories from fats than carbs.

 

The dietary guidelines say nearly half of our calories should come from carbohydrates, but many people claim they cause diabetes and say you should stay away from them so you can lose weight.  With so much conflicting information, is it any wonder people are get confused when talking about carbs.

 

They real truth is carbohydrates are either simple or complex.

 

Simple and Complex Carbs:

You get fiber, starch, and sugar from eating carbohydrates, but of the three only sugar is a simple carb, and most of them are added to foods.

 

  1. What are Good Carbs?

Complex carbohydrates are good for you because they are your primary energy source.  Carbs are high in fiber and is good for your digestion.   They help regulate water and stabilize your blood sugar levels so you never feel that crash.  You get complex carbs from vegetables, fruits and whole-grain breads, cereals, and pasta.

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  1. What are Bad Carbs?

Simple carbohydrates are sugars and come from white flour and sugar.  Unlike complex carbohydrates they cause your blood sugar levels to quickly rise.  This gives you a boost of energy, and makes you crash when you come down.  These bad carbs often alter your mood, give you cravings, and causes compulsive eating.  As a general rule you should keep away from them with the exception of fruits because fruits contain vitamins, and fiber. 

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3. Where do They Come From?

 

Starchy complex carbohydrates from whole grains.

  • Amaranth
  • Brown rice
  • buckwheat
  • cream of wheat
  • millet
  • oatmeal
  • quinoa
  • wheat germ
  • whole grains

Starchy carbohydrates from vegetable & Fruits sources.

  • carrots
  • chickpeas
  • beans
  • sweet potatoes
  • potatoes
  • radishes
  • split peas
  • lentils
  • yams
  • Bananas

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Make Good Choices

Carbohydrates our primary source of energy.  Obesity is linked with high sugar diets. Decisions! Decisions!  Making good choices is the key to eating right, and will help you avoid bad carbohydrates and their effects.

 

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By:  Moraima Buonafede

References:

Cherney, Kristeen (2015), Simple Carbohydrates vs. Complex Carbohydrates, Healthline, http://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/simple-carbohydrates-complex-carbohydrates

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Dietary Guidelines 2015-2020, Health.gov, https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/