Are Carbohydrates Bad for You?
Would you believe if I told you that the healthiest diet you could consume is a high carbohydrate diet? Although carbohydrates have gained a bad name in recent years due to the overconsumption of junk food and refined grains, a high carb diet has been shown to reverse diabetes, heart disease, cancer and prevent many illnesses ruling the front today. It can also lead to significant weight loss if the right carbohydrates are consumed.
But what are the right carbohydrates?
At least 99% of carbohydrates we eat come from vegetables, fruits and grains. When we eat these foods unprocessed, unrefined and in their natural state, a large part of the carbohydrates are in their so called “complex form”.
One benefit in eating foods this way is that they are broken down in a controlled and regulated way during digestion. It’s important to keep our digestive system happy because a happy digestive system is a happy body. When the body cannot readily digest, breakdown, assimilate and eliminate something, it causes the body distress. Thus, bring on the allergies.
Another benefit is that these complex carbohydrates from whole grains, vegetables & fruits contain a large amount of vitamins, minerals and accessible energy. Plus, the dietary fiber although it remains largely undigested helps to keep things moving along in the intestine so that things don’t clog up. If we don’t eat enough fiber we are in danger of constipation based diseases. Some of which include bowel cancer, diverticulosis, haemorrhoids and varicose veins.
Fruits, vegetables & whole grains are the healthiest foods we can eat and they are mainly made up of carbohydrates.
The dangers of eating refined and processed Carbohydrates
On the other side of the spectrum we have highly processed, highly refined carbohydrates which are lacking in essential fiber, vitamins and minerals. Examples of simple carbohydrates are found in foods like white bread, processed snacks like crackers, white flour based chips, pastries, refined rice and white pasta.
These refined carbohydrates originate from grains or sugar plants like sugar cane or the sugar beet.
They are easily broken down by our bodies during digestion to the simplest form of carbohydrates which are absorbed in the body and provide blood sugar or glucose.
Refined grains like white flour products make us feel full fast but we do not feel nourished so we end up craving more food and over eat in the process.
Unfortunately most of us today consume very high amounts of refined carbohydrates in the form of cakes, potatoes which are eaten as fries & chips, pizzas, canned tomatoes and excess refined sugar.
Eating this way not only has physical consequences like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, allergies, skin problems, bloating, gas, indigestion & digestive upsets but it can also cause a lot of emotional highs and lows.
Examples of unrefined high carb foods
To benefit from eating a high carb diet we must consume the complex carbohydrates found in whole grains, fruits & vegetables.
Why not make sure at least one of your meals a day consists of complex carbohydrates. You could eat more whole fruits during the day, leafy greens in salads & smoothies, brown rice and veg sauce, brown pasta and freshly made tomato sauce as well as healthy desserts made from dried fruits like dates, nuts, seeds and fruits.
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