Nutritious Life

Brining Nutrition to Daily Life

Good Carbs vs Bad Cards September 8, 2010

Carbohydrates are sugars that are broken down quickly and efficiently, thus providing your body with the essential energy it needs.

“Good” carbs include those found in high-fiber fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, unrefined whole grain products and certain types of rice, such as brown and wild. In other words, foods still in their natural state or that are mostly similar to their natural state. 

 “Bad” carbs include those found in white pasta, white rice, candy, soda and many breads and other baked goods made with refined white flour. 

So, what makes bad carbs so bad? During food processing, fiber — which takes longer to digest and helps curb cravings — often is removed to produce a smoother texture and to extend the shelf life of a final product. And while you may consider that final product as “tastier,” all you’re consuming is a lot of refined sugar (empty calories!), and little to no nutritional value.  

The hard truth:
Eat too many bad carbs and you can almost guarantee weight gain
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**courtesy of Club Pilates San Diego**

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Carbohydrates December 30, 2008

fruits and vegetablesNow a days people are always trying to watch their carb intake. What you need to know is that we need to eat carbs to keep our body functioning. We are required to eat at least 130 grams of carbs a day just to supply energy to our nerve cells, including those of the brain. Instead of cutting carbs out of our diet we need to take out the bad carbs and add more good carbs to our diet. Examples of good carbs would be: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, brown rice and sweet potatoes.  Examples of bad carbs would be refined sugar, sodas, white breads and white pastas.

We should realize that carbs don’t make us fat… it is all the sugar and all the processed foods that make us fat.

Cutting carbs greatly reduces our nutrient intake.  People may lose weight on these low carb/no carb diets, but it is not a healthy way to lose weight.  Not to mention when you don’t have enough carbs you get irritable and shaky. Who wants to feel that way?!

When we consume enough good carbs it helps prevent the production of ketones as an alternative energy source. Excessive ketones can result in high blood acidity and ketoacidosis, which alters basic body functions and damages tissue.

People are always looking for that quick fix and to tell you the truth there is no quick fix and there will probably never been one. The best thing you can do is change your eating habits and exercise daily to keep healthy.

Remember you can never go wrong with too many fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your diet.

 

 
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