How much carbohydrate am I consume?
Nowadays, People look at the Energy and Carbohydrate levels in nutritional labels. This shows that they are conscious of eating a high amount of carbs. But the effects of cutting out a vital amount of carbs from the diet will lead to missing out on key nutrients including B vitamins which convert food into energy, to fight tiredness and fatigue.
Athletes needs carbohydrates, because they need to replace energy in muscles. Complex carbohydrates have high amounts of fibre, which has less of an effect on your blood glucose levels. So, Include carbs in your diet, but also include wholegrains and pulses and beans because they are a valuable source of fibre, which protects against illnesses like colorectal cancer.
Understanding carbs better
White carbs, like pasta and refined flour, will fill you but are broken down quickly, so they’ll make you feel hungry and quite sluggish. But white carbs can be beneficial for some including young children who don’t need too much fibre.
Putting weight due to carbohydrates is a partial reason for the fear of consuming carbs. That can be handled well in what kind of carbs are we consuming. Eating more vegetables and fruits will fill the stomach, but will not support to gain weight because of fibre.
Sugar and refined carbohydrates hit your blood stream quickly causing a high rise in blood sugar and the result is higher levels of insulin being released from your pancreas. One role of insulin is to tell your body to store fat. That leads to obesity . All carbohydrates break down into glucose, but at what speed it breaks down matters are lot.
Choose food wisely
Unrefined or complex carbohydrates give you greater, longer-lasting energy and stable blood sugar because your body digests them more slowly. These come in the form of whole grains, pulses, beans, fruits, and vegetables. Check out our earlier post about the Good vs Bad carbohydrates.
Millets are tough but still cooks up like rice so they can be used like a form of starchy carb. Millets are high in protein and rich in vitamins and minerals. These ancient grains are a super addition to our regular diet, providing plant-based essential omega-3 fats, fibre and protein.
Carbs are important, but choose and consume wisely !!!