Most people, especially those who are conscious of their diet, cringe at the thought and mention of carbs. It’s like one of the things that shouldn’t be mentioned about food. But what are they really and why are so many people run away from it? For starters, you shouldn’t be afraid of it general as your body needs this too to keep you going.
If I ask you what are carbohydrates and where do they come from, what would your answers be? Do you know the proper amount of carbohydrates we should be taking on a daily basis? If you aren’t sure, then let’s get to know more about our love-hate relationship with carbs.
What are the things that pop out of your head when you think about carbs? Rice, pasta, noodles, bread, potatoes, and the like… all of which sound amazing in general! But did you know that carbohydrates can also be found in your fruits and vegetables? It can also be found with your everyday sugar, milk, and even honey. Basically, carbohydrates are everywhere, and that isn’t a bad thing at all! To get you going, our bodies rely first on carbohydrates for fuel.
Now that we know we get our carbs from a wide variety of foods, we must also know that there are healthier carbohydrates than that of the others. Meaning, there are good and bad carbs.
Good carbohydrates are the kinds that are not typically processed or is least processed. These are your fruits, veggies, beans, whole grains, and other dairy products. They are generally the good guys because not only do they provide carbs, but they also are equipped with vitamins and minerals.
The bad carbs are generally the highly-processed ones like sugars, bread, white rice, pasta, cereals, and the like. Beyond calories, these guys have little to offer for our bodies so its best to avoid them as much as we can.
So, how much carbs should you be taking every single day? The answer is not simple because it depends. The amount of calories you can eat in a day highly depends on how much calories will you be able to burn in return – meaning it also depends on how active you are.
For anyone who is trying to watch their carbs or are trying to lose weight, I highly suggest consulting a professional nutritionist in order to get assessed and guided properly.