Bad Vs. Good Carbs

We know nutrition and diet is a complicated topic, otherwise there wouldn’t be professional dieticians.  The internet is somewhat helpful, although there’s good and bad info out there so it pays to be educated.  Today we’ll challenge a popular misconception: Not all carbs are bad!  In this article, I will explain the types of carbohydrates you should eat and which types you should avoid.

Firstly, carbohydrates are found in everything from processed cakes and pastries to soft drinks and microwavable dinners, and also in natural items like fruits, veggies and nuts.  Understanding the difference is the key to figuring out which foods you should eat and which you shouldn’t.

1. The bad: Processed foods contain a lot of carbs–unfortunately, the bad kind.  As soon as they’re processed, much of the nutritional value is lost!  What’s left for you are empty calories to make you gain weight, and nothing else.  Refinement of these carbs takes them out of their natural (healthy) state and makes them no longer good for you

Examples of such foods with over-processed carbs are chips, white bread, pasta, soft drinks, cakes, biscuits, candies, etc. These foods should be phased out of your diet, as these processed foods contain primarily a lot of sugar and (as you might be aware) sugar is high in calories. So the problem here is, the more sugar you consume the fatter you become! Apart from weight gain, eating processed foods regularly can also result in diabetes, since your blood sugar levels increase so much that it becomes extremely difficult for insulin to control it!

2. The good: What are good carbohydrates?  Complex carbohydrates, which can be found in raw fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, whole grain wheats, etc.  Because of the complexity of their chemical makeup, it takes more to digest them and they do not make you fat.  These foods make you feel full because of the fiber content.  So if there was ever a natural hunger cure, this is it!

Suffice it to say that not all carbs are bad. Understanding good vs. bad carbs can help you get a flat stomach fast!