Actually carbohydrates are not bad for you. To feel better, lower the risk of disease and lose weight you just need to make sure you are eating the RIGHT carbohydrates.
Carbs are not worse than all fats and some proteins. They are the main energy source for the majority of the body’s vital organs, including the brain, central nervous system, kidneys and heart.
If your body doesn’t get sufficient carbohydrate, it starts to break down muscle and other tissue to produce glucose. This leads to a construction of waste products called ‘ketones’. ‘Ketosis’ is common for people who are starving, suffering from anorexia nervosa or who have insulin-dependent diabetes. Ketones make the blood acidic, in some cases Ketosis can be fatal, particularly for pregnant women, unborn babies, and for people who have diabetes.
Finally, as the main source of energy for your heart are ketone bodies the heart may not be able to function to its full ability.
So, as you see, stop eating carbohydrates is not good for you.
Whether calories come from carbohydrate, protein or fat, your weight gain is caused by consuming too many of them. A diet containing good carbohydrates such fruits and vegetables, whole grains and moderate in fat and calories, will lead to the better chance of weight reduction.
A diet with good carbohydrates will also help fighting hunger pangs as they are slowly realized to the body.
As to simple and complex carbohydrates they both are broken down into glucose, or blood sugar, which is after then utilized by the body for fuel. Not immediately used glucose is accumulated in the muscles as glycogen. But if your body has too much glycogen, it is transformed into fat.
Foods made from white, brown, powdered and raw sugar, honey etc are simple carbohydrates that supply few nutrients but extra calories.
The processing of whole grain into fine flour removes fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Using these simple refined carbs increases blood sugar levels, which leads to the pancreas to release insulin. This, on its turn, reduces blood sugar again, triggering hunger pangs.
A diet high in refined carbs can cause weight gain, because it makes you hungry fast leading to overeating.
Using refined carbs also makes your pancreas to function harder producing insulin that increases blood sugar levels. This can cause insulin resistance and then diabetes.
Too much insulin increases triglyceride levels, i.e. amount of fat in your blood and reduces your HDL (good cholesterol) raising the risk of blood clotting. And this can damage your heart.
As for complex carbohydrates – they are loaded with nutrients and are slow to digest and fight hunger pangs, by making you feel full for longer period.
Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are perfect sources of carbohydrate and of many other vitamins and minerals.
When eating carbohydrates eat them “from the earth” without refining or processing. Eat naturally and you will receive good carbohydrates, combat illnesses, feel full and supply your body with the energy that will stop you feeling hungry, tired and nauseous.
Watch you calories from weight control. It is the general number of calories you use that matters in weight control; no matter where these calories come from – fat or carbohydrate.
Carbs should be the prime sources of energy for your body so make sure you get enough of them! You can use them and feel better, lowering the risk of illness and losing pounds.
Posted on February 25, 2012 | Filed under Diet & Nutrition