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Carbs are not the bad guys

By Alexandra Andersson - Canggu Nest Member

Carbs are not the bad guys

 

Today we see so many different diets where many of them exclude or minimise carbohydrates. While this strategy might work for someone who wants to lose weight it is not necessarily a sustainable strategy or diet.

So what are carbohydrates?

The misconceptions about carbohydrates in relationship to health may start here, we are drawing all of the carbohydrates under the same line. So this could be refined carbs like refined sugar, cookies, white pasta, pastries, fries etc. It is also complex carbs as vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.

While refined carbs are highly refined and not contributing nourishment, the complex carbs are used in your body to keep you energised while providing you with nutrients. From now on, let’s keep it to the complex carbs. So why should we eat carbs?

1. They give you energy

Carbohydrates are our bodies preferred fuel source because they are the easiest foods to convert into glucose. And glucose is the brain’s, some nervous systems and the red blood cells primarily energy source. Without enough glucose you may suffer from dizziness, mental and physical weakness.

2. Better bowel movements

Complex carbohydrates contain fibre and fibre is a key nutrient and essential for a healthy gut. Fibre is feeding the healthy gut bacteria in the gut, making them to multiply and thrive. When your gut is flourishing you will visit the bathroom more often.

3. Better health

Whole grains reduce the risk of digestive issues, heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. Beside that, complex carbohydrates are often filled with nutrients like B vitamins and other essential minerals.

4. Stay full for longer

Complex carbohydrates contain a significant amount of dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals. The complex carbohydrates take longer time to break down due to their fibre content. They provide a long lasting supply of energy and will delay your hunger.

Carbohydrates are not fattening

As any food, if eaten in unnecessarily large quantities, they could contribute to weight gain. It is not the carbohydrates in itself that make you gain weight. Rather, overconsumption of refined carbohydrates, added sugars and fats has contributed to weight problems.

Complex carbohydrates are high in nutrient density, high in fibre, they are filling and a healthy addition to your diet.

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