Carbohydrates play a vital role in our bodies and are some of the best sources to include in your everyday diet.
It’s key to acknowledge that carbohydrates are not the enemy, they are essential, and we need them. Here’s why!
There is a common misconception based on current diet fads that have people fearing carbohydrates. However, you don’t need to avoid carbohydrates to achieve weight loss. Certain types of carbohydrates are an essential part of a healthy, balanced diet.
There are three main categories of dietary carbohydrates which are sugars, starches, and fibers. Each source of carbohydrates is also defined as either ‘Whole’ or ‘Refined’. You may also hear them referred to as ‘simple’ or ‘complex’.
Whole carbohydrates consisting of starches and fiber contain natural fibers and are minimally processed. These are the carbs you want to consume more frequently as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
Fibrous carbs aid with weight loss because it helps a person feel fuller longer. They also keep your bowel movements regular, reduce the risk of diabetes and protect you against heart disease.
Refined carbohydrates are usually highly processed, high in sugars, and can be pretty addictive. These carbs are generally high in calories but low in volume, quickly leading to overconsumption because they are less satiating. Overeating these types of carbohydrates can lead to obesity and other illnesses, and therefore they should be eaten in moderation.
With this information in mind, you can have a better understanding of why carbohydrates are a vital part of a healthy balanced diet!