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Good vs. Bad Carbs

Good vs. Bad Carbs

Good vs. Bad Carbs?

This debate has been going on for decades. Without seeing or stating the obvious, we all can agree an apple is a better choice than pizza, at least from a health stand point.
For those of you who take on a NO CARB diet – don’t be fooled, CARBS are in everything! So really you are just following a low carb formula. Let me make this very clear, you NEED CARBS, just where you choose to get them from is key to any successful meal plan.

Apple vs. Pizza

 

• lower calories                                                                       • higher calories

• high fibre                                                                               • low fibre

• lower sodium                                                                        • high sugars

• lower cholesterol                                                                 • high sodium & fat

It comes down to how we metabolize the fuel we feed our bodies. FACT: maintaining a steady consistent blood sugar levels throughout your day will improve blood pressure & cholesterol levels.

Complex Carbs

Complex carbs can be considered good because the longer series of sugars in its structure takes the body longer to break them down, meaning lower amounts of sugar released at a consistent rate throughout the day.

Simple Carbs

Simple carbs known as sugar, natural or not, digest the same way. Enzymes in your intestine convert the sugars to glucose which then enters your bloodstream. Metabolizing sugar happens very quickly which will give you a burst of energy. ie: fruit, milk products.

By avoiding these spikes in blood sugars you will avoid the crashes & cravings that are inevitably the pit falls to most diets.
Nutrient Timing is KEY! Small amounts of each group consistently throughout your day.
When you look at your day, try to choose your carbohydrates wisely. Split them up as Starchy vs. Non-starchy you can have both. As a general rule I limit my starchy carbs to 2 servings per day.
For example:
  • rice – 1/2 cup cooked = 1 serving of starchy carb AND
  • 1 cup of broccoli steamed = 1 serving non starchy carb

 

 

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