Does the word carbs leave you with a bitter taste in the mouth? Maybe it’s almost become a swear word for you? Unfortunately in recent years carbs have got a really bad name and dieters seem to go to lengths to avoid them. But I say STOP, put your brakes on and understand carbs before you cut this food group out altogether. That’s because there are ‘good’ carbs and ‘not so good’ carbs but so many people have got mixed up over them so let me break it down for you in a simple manner.
Whether you’re trying to reach or maintain a healthy weight, there are carbs you can do without or do with in very small quantities – sugary highly processed ones – and those that are complex carbs which are foods in their most natural form. Simple or refined carbs such as white bread, white rice, cakes, and biscuits are absorbed into your bloodstream more quickly. You will most likely get a jolt of energy from eating these foods but feel hungry sooner and are likely to over eat. According to statistics people who eat more simple carbs have more belly fat which as we know is linked to heart disease, diabetes and other problems.
Unrefined complex carbs on the other hand are foods in their most natural state which can actually help you lose or maintain your weight (hallelujah!) Brown rice, brown pasta, and sweet potatoes all fall into this category. When you eat whole grain carbs you tend to take in fewer calories that’s because these high fibre foods tend to make you feel fuller for longer and prevent you from snacking and overeating.
The right time
Another thing I often hear is people saying “I don’t do carbs after 6pm” or “Carbs don’t feature in my dinner.” In truth it makes no difference what time of day you eat your carbs as you won’t put on extra weight by eating carbs after a specific time. It’s the overall daily food consumption that will determine whether you will put weight or not. Personally I eat carbs throughout the day and have a lighter meal in the evening only because I don’t want that “full feeling” directly before jumping into bed. But if I fancy a jacket potato or a round of toast late at night I don’t pass on it either.
Therefore carbs don’t only supply you with energy but the right ones can supply your body with many vitamins and minerals it needs to function which can prevent and reverse certain diseases. So what are you waiting for? Tuck into that spud without fear and like the Duracell battery advert you’ll keep on going for longer and longer. Happy eating from the ultimate Duracell bunny !
LIST OF GOOD CARBS
100% Whole Wheat Bread
100% Whole Wheat Cereal