Why do carbs get such a bad rap?
Mostly because of the abundance of misinformation on the web, carbs are treated like the evil stepchild.
Are Carbs Evil?!
The truth is that carbohydrates are the primary energy source for humans, depriving our body of it can place our health in danger unless recommended by a health professional for certain medical conditions. Carbohydrates can come in the form of sugars, fiber or starches. Sugars mostly account for simple carbohydrates as fiber and starch mostly account for complex carbohydrates.
In comparison, complex carbs come from sources such as whole grains, brown rice, and some vegetables. Myplate.gov recommends that adults receive at least 50% of their carbohydrates from the day from whole grain sources. The reason why whole grain carbs are preferred are because they do not spike insulin, contain more fiber which will help improve the digestive system, and allow you to stay fuller for a longer period of time. However, there are benefits to consuming some simple carbs within the diet.
The best types of carbohydrates to consume after workouts come from starch and sugar-based foods, replenishing the muscles of glycogen, or energy that is needed to improve performance. These simple carbohydrates do not require much effort to be converted into energy since the sugar molecules hold but a few bonds together as opposed to complex carbohydrates, which are more heavily linked.
Put in simpler terms, simple carbohydrates will feed your muscles quicker while complex carbohydrates will provide your body with sustained energy over a period of time. So if you’re looking to stay healthy and keep your waistline in check, don’t skip out on the carbs, just choose you’re options wisely based on your performance or health goals. Always choose quality carbs over junk ones from processed foods and remember that what you eat today will affect how you look and feel tomorrow.
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