Carbs! They’re what everyone is talking.
Low carb, high carb, no carb. But does anyone really know what carbohydrates (carbs) do for your body?
It’s pretty simple actually. Carbs are the primary source of energy for your body, and directly affect your blood sugar levels.
When someone asks you to think of a carb, what’s the first thing you think of? Pasta? Bread? Well, those are sources of carbs, but they aren’t the only ones!
In fact, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, and sugary drinks all have carbs. Believe me, there are many sources of carbs that people don’t realize.
What people also don’t realize is that there are two different types of carbs: simple and complex.
Simple carbs are digested very easily in the body, and are really great for quick energy. Simple carbs are also known as simple sugars because they create a in your blood sugar as soon as they are consumed. Examples of simple carbs include fruits, baked goods, processed foods, cereal, raw sugar, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, and fruit juice concentrate.
Complex carbs, on the other hand, digest slowly because they have high amounts of fiber. In case you didn’t know, fiber is really good for your digestive tract and controlling cholesterol levels. Complex carbs help you stay full longer because of the fiber they contain, which will make you want to eat less. They are the ones you want to look for when it comes to weight loss.
Some sources of fiber rich foods are fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, whole grains, and legumes. It is recommended to get 25 to 30 grams a day. That may seem like a lot, but it’s easier than you think. A single serving of carbs is 15 grams. That’s something that the majority of people don’t know.
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Posts by Kelly Springer, RD
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