‘Carbohydrates’– a term we have used since elementary school. So, what are they? Essentially, they are a macronutrient which produces energy for our body. You probably must have heard, “Too many carbs are detrimental to your health”. Let me just break it down and explain. Basically, there are “Simple Carbohydrates” and “Complex carbohydrates”.
Simple Carbohydrates: They are present in refined sugar(artificial) items.
Complex Carbohydrates: They are found in whole-grain foods, vegetables, and fruits.
Now, Simple carbs are bad for your health since they are basically just sugar. Complex carbs are actually healthy and have a lot of nutritional effects as they contain fiber and starch.
Complex Carbs to eat:
Whole, unprocessed grains: Oats, barley and brown rice
Legumes: Lentils, beans, etc.
Vegetables: Broccoli, Sweet potato, Carrots, etc.
Fruits: Apples, Oranges, Berries, etc.
Nuts: Almonds, Walnuts, Peanuts, etc.
- Complex Carbs being high in fiber take a longer time to be broken down, thus keeping the blood sugars steady and giving you sustained energy.
- Consuming complex carbs may help you prevent Diabetes, as they contain essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and helps you lower bad cholesterol.
- The soluble fiber in complex carbs feeds and increase the presence of beneficial bacteria in your gut thus enhancing your digestive system.
Complex carbs, being tasty, provide the essential nutrients to your body and keep you healthy as opposed to the simple carbs which are detrimental to your health.
Eat tastily, live healthily!