5 a) Calories: breaking them down: Carbohydrates
For the most part we can breakdown calorie consumption into 3 categories. Those that are contributed by: 1) Carbohydrates 2) Protein & 3) Fat
Carbohydrates: We all need carbs. To achieve a balanced diet about 40% of our calorie intake should come from carbs. In fact restricting your diet to below 30% can actually cause problems.
“Carbohydrates are a top source of energy for your body. They are in many important foods, including fruit and vegetables. Having too many carbohydrates — particularly carbohydrates from the wrong foods — may cause you to consume more calories than you need each day, while consuming too few carbohydrates can jeopardize your health. To get the most out of your diet, keep your normal carbohydrate intake within the standard daily recommended limits.”
The good news is that most of us ingest plenty of carbs. The bad news is that, on average, we ingest far too many. If we do not pay attention it is easy to consume a diet that contributes as much as 70 – 80 % of our caloric intake.
Carbs are basically sugars in disguise. Not all carbs are created equal. Nutritionally some cabs are better than others:
What is a Carbohydrate? Carbohydrates are sugars that provide the body with energy. Your body can break carbohydrates down quickly and efficiently.
What Are Good Carbs? Good carbohydrate foods are those that are still in their natural state, or they are still similar to their natural state. They are foods that have not been processed or altered by people or machines. Good carbohydrates are generally high in fiber. Foods high in fiber will give you energy over longer periods of time. They also give you a sense of feeling full. Foods that are high in fiber help to lower cholesterol levels, as well as aiding the body in toxin removal. Good carbohydrates generally have a low glycemic index. Foods with a low glycemic index will not cause a spike in blood sugar. This is especially important for diabetics who have to constantly monitor their blood glucose levels. Stay tuned for more on this topic