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Good Carbs vs Bad Carbs

Good carbs vs bad carbs – the battle of the century?  Not really. Carbohydrates are one of the major macronutrients – together with fats and protein. For a healthy body, you need all of these in some proportion. The debate is always how much of each do you need for your individual metabolism.

When people use the term “good carbs”, they are usually talking about foods that are mostly carbohydrate in ingredients, but that arewholewheatbreadloaf 150x150 Good Carbs vs Bad Carbs lower on the glycemic index with health-promoting elements such as B vitamins in whole grains. “Bad” carbs are typically foods with empty calories — limited amounts of nutrition (low in or stripped of B vitamins to make white flour and white sugar, for instance).

The bad carb foods are often also very high on the glycemic index – so they hit your bloodstream and your blood sugar with a jolt — almost literally like injecting a drug to get temporarily high into you. This process of jolting and then dropping your blood sugar fast is what bad carbs do to your body. It isn’t good – it causes you to have mood swings and to feel bad physically for hours at a time.

Doughnuts 150x150 Good Carbs vs Bad CarbsYou know the bad carb culprits – candies, doughnuts, French fries, pastries. Sugar or high glycemic carbs (white potatoes) without redeeming qualities. Many have high fat, even trans fat, which damage your health in other ways.

Get to know the Glycemic Index Food List and what forms of high carb foods have so much health-promoting nutrition that you want them in a balanced diet for the long haul. Whole grain breads and some high protein pastas, certain fruits like berries (blackberries, raspberries, strawberries), and more – those should be on your list of good carbs to eat.

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