Your body needs carbs to function properly!
Different Types Of Carbs:
It’s important to know about the types of carbohydrates in the foods you eat. I know a lot of women who think that they need to avoid carbs like the plague in order to lose weight. But that’s just not true.
Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for your body, and a critical source of fuel for your brain!
All Carbs are not Created Equal:
There are certain types of carbs to avoid, and there are carbs that you definitely should be including in your diet every day.
Let’s look at the three different categories of carbs:
- Simple Carbohydrates: Simple carbohydrates are broken down by your body very quickly and converted to energy. Simple carbohydrates are found naturally in sugars in fruits and dairy products like milk and yogurt. Simple carbohydrates are also found in processed foods containing refined sugars, honey, corn syrup, and molasses.
- Complex Carbohydrates: Complex carbohydrates take longer to digest than simple carbohydrates but they supply your body with a steady stream of energy. Complex carbs are found in starchy vegetables like potatoes and corn, they are also found in grains, beans, rice, and cereals.
- Fiber – Complex Carbohydrate: Fiber is a complex carbohydrate, but it does not act like the two categories above because your body does not completely digest fiber. But complex carbs containing fiber are so important to your body because they help to regulate your blood glucose levels and lower your cholesterol. Whole grains and most fruits and vegetable are rich in complex carbohydrate fiber. It is important to look for whole grains, not the flours that are made from whole grains. When you eat the flour made from the whole grain, you are now consuming a simple carbohydrate, with the fiber removed! Lentils, peas, and other legumes also fall into this category of fiber-rich complex carbohydrates.
Carbs you should be eating:
When making your carbohydrate food choices, stick with simple carbs from UNPROCESSED foods, like fruits, complex carbs from unprocessed foods like whole grains and yams, and fiber-rich complex carbs in veggies, grains, and legumes.