Are carbs good or bad for you? People everywhere, for years, have been asking this same question. It seems like every year we hear something different about carbs. Especially when the “Low-carb” and “Carb-free” fad diets started becoming popular. People loved these diets, because they did lose weight fast, but their nutrition and health were in the toilet. It is hard to keep track of whether you should take in more carbs or less carbs, but many health and nutrition professionals have finally concluded that carbohydrates are BOTH good and bad for you.
There is a simple way to identify if a carbohydrate is good or bad for you. It all depends on the amount of dietary fiber is present within the food item. These fiber filled carbs are digested slowly into our systems and keep levels in our body maintained and at healthy amounts, like blood sugar. Good carbs come from foods, such as whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and beans. Fiber slows down what your body absorbs of other nutrients that you eat at the same meal. When this absorption is slowed down it can help counteract when blood sugar levels start to peak. This can help in decreasing your risk for type 2 diabetes, and lower your cholesterol. Good carbs can also be mixed into traditional recipes you prepare to add a little more fiber and nutritional value to meals. There are easy substitutes, like using whole grain pasta, whole grain bread, and using more fibrous side dishes like spinach, broccoli, baked potatoes, or beans.
Bad carbs are sugar, added sugar, or refined “white” bread. The level of sugar people take in now is the highest it has ever been. People don’t realize how much sugar is present in the food they take in everyday. People should be more conscious of the amount of sugar present in food, and be sure to check the food label. Refined sugars give you quick boosts of energy, but doesn’t give you a long term gain of natural energy.
Carbohydrates can give you good energy that is necessary for you to get through your day. They help maintain a healthy digestive system, regulate levels in the body to keep them at steady amounts, and can even help put you in a better mood. Good carbs are very important to the human body, but bad carbs can do your body damage. Do what is good for your body, and fuel it with the good guys so they can help fight off the bad ones!!