Are you getting confused with all the stories about carbohydrates?
One day there is an article how they are not good for your health. Then, other that it is another way around.
But today we are going to clear those things up.
What are carbohydrates?
Carbs are macronutrients, meaning they are one of the three main ways the body obtains energy, or calories.
They are the sugars, starches and fibers found in fruits, grains, vegetables and milk products.
And since they are one of the basic food groups — are important to a healthy life.
Are Carbohydrates Good or Bad?
In many of the most popular diets in recent years, carbohydrates are presented negatively. And they are either completely thrown out of food or allowed with strict (sometimes impossible) ‘rules’ and restrictions.
A recent study by the Mayo Clinic, published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, found that a diet low in carbohydrates is more effective in weight loss of a diet with low fat. Although the difference is small.
Also, the researchers were able to conclude only that the diets low in carbohydrates are safe for human if you apply them for no longer than six months.
Researchers apply that labeling some foods in a group, ‘good’ and ‘bad’ is not helpful. Therefore, it is necessary to be cautious with each diet, which includes the risk of a potential restriction of nutrients in favor of rapid weight loss.
After all, carbohydrates play a major role in supplying our body with energy and are responsible for the general functioning of our bodies.
Here are five key facts about carbohydrates everyone should know:
1.Carbohydrates did not cause our problems with weight
The human race has a nutrition based on carbohydrates fo very long time.
And only in the last few decades, there has been a rapid increase in obesity and overweight. Therefore, they can not be the main culprit for gaining weight.
2. Processed Food Factor
High processed food is rich in refined carbs that contain sugar. It is completely opposite to unprocessed healthy food. Therefore, carbs are not the one to blame for gaining weight, but processed food is.
3. What carbohydrates contain?
For example: Root vegetables rich in starch, such as nutmeg pumpkin, has fewer carbs than other foods, such as white refined grains. It is rich in fiber, which helps you to feel full and protects you from the risk of heart disease and some types of cancer.
4. Complexity is essential
Although chunky vegetables and seeds are often viewed as a source of protein for vegetarians, they are also a source of complex carbohydrates (which are rich in fiber).
This group of food contains half the carbohydrates of white refined grains and is one of the richest sources of fiber.
Chunky vegetables and seeds also contain more iron, zinc and calcium than refined white grains, which is invaluable for people who do not eat meat or dairy products.
You can serve them whole by adding them to a salad, soup or stew. Or you can chop them as a side dish for the main course.
5. Eat Cereals
You should eat cereals, but choose the healthy and unrefined ones.
Oats grain is whole grain and a very nutritious breakfast. It contains fewer carbohydrates than many other cereals that are full of sugar and it is digested quickly.
Oats also contain a greater amount of protein and fiber which helps you stay full.