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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Are Carbs Good For You?

Carbs, carbs, carbs.  We hear people talking about cutting carbs, carb free menus at restaurants and the benefits of complex carbohydrates; but do we just nod along or do we really understand what they're takling about.  Better yet, do they understand what they're talking about?  There are two kinds of carbohydrates: simple and complex.  We should all know about simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates and what the limit is.  Where would one find a 'carb'.  Your mind goes straight to bread, right?  But, did you know that carbs (the good kind) are found in fruits and vegetables too?  Beans, squash, bell peppers, grapes and mangoes are examples of this.


Cookie Break by LN by ekhum, on Pix-O-Sphere
Cookies before a game would give a quick burst of energy
followed by a cranky ride home.

Simple carbohydrates are empty and void of nutrients therefore, once consumed, leave you with a quick burst of energy and then a sudden blood sugar crash.


pb sandwich by bunnytrails, on Pix-O-Sphere
A pb sandwich on whole grain bread would keep you
from feeling wiped out after half time.

Complex carbohydrates help to balance out your blood sugar levels, give you a long-lasting energy source and keep you full longer.


Here's why: The carbohydrates you eat are broken down into smaller sugar molecules, called glucose through digestion.  Once your food is digested into glucose, it travels in your bloodstream as a ready source of energy or it is kept in the liver and muscles as glycogen for use when you need more energy. The extra is converted into fat.


Even if the carbs are complex, like whole wheat or whole grain breads, they can still harm you if eaten in excess.  Everything, even healthy foods like whole wheat bread, in moderation.   It's best if you have at least one carb-free meal a day.

bagel breakfast sandwiches by lady_jess, on Pix-O-Sphere
Perhaps choose a healthy breakfast sandwich.

Photo 1 by~ Ellen Humphries
Photo 2 by~ Dianne Godwin 
Photo 3 by~ me




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