Blog - Are Carbohydrates Bad for Me?
The unnecessarily controversial and confusing macro nutrient, known as carbohydrates. It seems my whole life there has been a fad diet of some sort telling people to stop eating carbs or to only eat uncooked pasta or something. It’s no wonder why we are forever hearing people state there doing “low carb this” and “no carb that”. Let’s get one thing clear from the off here, we need to eat carbs.
So, are carbohydrates bad for me? Well if we didn’t eat carbs, a lot of the internal mechanism of our bodies will suffer. Carbohydrates are the body’s primary source of energy and an essential source of energy for brain function.
Carbs can be further broken down into:
- Simple carbs (sugary foods)
- Starchy carbs (Potatoes, rice, bread & pasta)
- Complex carbs (Vegetables)
Complex carbs are the optimum choice for the body, however the starchy carbs are still good alternative providing whole grain variants are selected. There are more suitable times based on activity patterns to eat particular carbs. Generally starchy carbs want to be eaten for breakfast and consumption should decrease as the day progresses. We recommend that starchy carbs are not eaten beyond 4pm for the most part. When it comes to the evening meal or supper complex carbs are the ideal choice
Simple carbohydrates should be avoided at all times, these sugary foods are referred to as empty calories due to there being no additional nutritional benefit in them with the exception of the 4 calories of energy per gram. Comparatively, starchy and complex carb in particular contain more nutritional benefits, such as vitamins, protein and fibre.
By choosing complex carbs you are ensuring that you have a slow and consistent release of energy supporting you throughout the day. This is due to them being low on the Glycaemic Index (GI). The Glycaemic Index is a guide as to how quickly sugar from certain carbs is released into the blood stream. Foods with high GI scores can increase the risk of conditions like type 2 diabetes as a result of increased body fat and obesity. Simple carbs are characteristically at the high end of the Glycaemic Index. As these carbs quickly release sugar into the bloodstream, consequently cause peaks and troughs in energy. Once the individual feels sluggish or tired they automatically reach for the next simple carb to satisfy their desire for energy. The body however does not need this additional load of carbohydrate and stores it as fat.
To summarise, no carbs aren’t bad for you and should make up 55-60% of the average person’s diet. Ensure you avoid the simple carbs as they are often at the route of undesirable side effects and debilitating conditions.
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