Good Carbs vs. Bad Carbs
Understanding the difference between refined carbs and those other ones.
bombarded with information about carbohydrates. You may have even been
frightened of them at one point - or maybe you are right now. However, not
all carbs do the same thing. Actually, some carbs are good for you and
necessary to keep your body going strong. Where do refined carbohydrates fall
on the health scale? You're about to find out.
Not the Best
To get a refined carbohydrate, start with a food contains carbs. Then,
everything else in the food is taken away, leaving only the refined
carbohydrate, which is either a starch or a sugar.
When eaten, refined carbohydrates give your body a quick boost in glucose
(sugar), which can be helpful right before you get started in some sort of
athletic endeavor, such as a sprint or a soccer game. However, eating refined
carbohydrates on a regular basis, regardless of what you're doing afterward,
can leave you with a rather useless store of excess carbs.
See Them Now
To avoid eating too many refined carbohydrates, you should know what they
look like and where they're most often found. Thankfully, they're rather easy
to see, so you can avoid them with ease. Most often, refined carbs are white
on their own, but they can hide inside various foods without being
The following are a few common foods that contain refined carbohydrates:
- white bread
- white rice
- foods ending with the word "starch"
- foods that use puffy or shredded grains
What to Choose Instead
Since refined carbohydrates aren't doing your body much good, you ought to do
your best to go for foods with the other kind of carbohydrates. Whether you
call them good carbs or all-natural carbs doesn't matter. What matters
is what these carbohydrates still have that has been stripped from refined
One of the items that gets stripped from carbohydrates during the refining
process is fiber. Since fiber is helpful in your goal of good health;
avoiding diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and kidney stones;
and obtaining and maintaining a healthy weight, you don't want to spend much
time eating foods that have gone through a fiber-stealing process. Instead of
going with fiber-stripped carbohydrates, choose foods that contain fiber-rich
carbs. Good choices include fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains.
Your Need for Carbohydrates
Still not convinced that you need carbohydrates in your
diet? Has the popular no-carb diet craze messed with your head so much
that you continue to fear this necessary part of your daily regimen? Then
there's something you should know.
While you don't want to fill up on refined carbohydrates (as you already
know), you do want to eat plenty of good carbohydrates. In fact, otherwise
healthy adults ought to use as much as 65 percent of their daily intake of
calories to consume carbs. That means that every other bite you eat should
contain healthy carbohydrates for optimal health. So what are you waiting
for? Wave goodbye to those white, worn out refined carbohydrates, and open
your arms and your mouth to health-boosting whole grains, fruits, and
Why No-Carb Diet Works
If you've ever gotten into a
diet that cuts you off from all carbohydrates, you probably lost some
weight. If you're supposed to need carbs, why did you have such great
weight loss success when you cut them from your
diet? There are three reasons.
The first is that cutting carbohydrates from your
diet often results in a loss of water weight, as not eating carbs may
cause you to urinate more frequently and with greater volume.
The second is that any
diet that forces you to avoid one sort of food altogether will result in
eating fewer calories. While this is a good thing at first, it's healthier to
trim calories from all the food groups instead of picking on carbohydrates
The third is that
diets that trim carbohydrates do not trim protein or fat, which both
cause you to feel full faster and longer, reducing your desire to eat.
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