Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid Of Carbs Every so often the diet industry bands together to demonize one group of foods, claiming that it is the definitive cause of society’s health problems, and should be avoided at all costs. In the 1980s people were all but certain that dietary fat was the culprit. Food manufacturers quickly lowered the fat content in their products and added more sugar to compensate for the loss of taste. When the state of society’s health problems did not improve, is it any wonder that sugar became the next target of the diet industry’s scorn? The witch-hunt didn’t just stop at added sugars, though. Proponents of the low-carb lifestyle claimed everything from bread, to cereals, and even fruits contained too much sugar. These ideas continue today amid a sea of low-carb diets. But are carbs really to blame for society’s weight and health problems? Here are some reasons you shouldn’t be afraid of eating carbs. Energy It’s no coincidence that you find it hard to focus when all you had for breakfast was a cup of coffee. When you eat carbohydrates , they get broken down during digestion into a sugar called glucose. Except in times of starvation, glucose is the brain’s only source of energy! Glucose is also stored in the liver and muscles for later use, and travels in the blood stream for more immediate energy. Because it is so readily available, glucose is the body’s primary source of energy. It is used in the highest quantities during anaerobic activities like sprinting and resistance training but will be used in some quantity during all of your daily activities. Basically, avoiding carbs is like bypassing a gas station and just hoping your car can manage without fuel. Weight Control With all the hype over low-carb diets it might be surprising to find out that eating carbs can actually help you control your weight . Studies have shown that people who limit their calorie intake, or attempt to ignore an entire food group altogether, actually have a higher BMI than those who eat a regular, balanced, diet. For the most part, restricted diets are not sustainable. Most of the time people give up the restrictions, overindulge on the foods they missed, and gain back the weight they lost, plus a few extra pounds. Unless you’re planning on sustaining a drastic change for the rest of your life you’ll be better off in the long run just eating a healthy, balanced diet. Craving Control The fiber found in carbohydrates can be divided into two categories: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber slows the release of glucose into the bloodstream, helping you control blood sugar levels, and giving you a steady stream of energy throughout the day. This can prevent mid-day snack cravings caused by low blood sugar so you’re not desperate to hit up the vending machine for something sweet. High fiber foods also tend to be pretty filling, while also being low in calories, and high in nutrients! Remember there are a lot of different types of carbohydrates out there, and all carbs are not created equal! It is still a good idea to avoid refined sugars that spike your blood glucose levels quickly, then leave you with a sugar crash (and craving!) an hour later. Good sources of carbohydrates include whole grains that are high in fiber, and vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables like yams and bananas. These types of carbs will help steady your blood sugar, curb cravings, and keep you feeling full and energetic all day. About the Author: FHMatch , all-in-one `Business in a Box! If you're a professional this is for you, it’s always FREE to showcase your profile on FHMatch! Empowering professionals to engage, manage and grow their client base - everything you need to get started in 3 min or less. |Merchant Payments|Unlimited - No Fee Booking, Invoicing & Messaging| Showcase Photos & Videos, Subsidized Insurance|