Are Carbs Really THAT Bad?

So just how bad are carbs for us?

First of all, carbohydrates are not evil entities that should be avoided at all costs. In fact, to maintain a healthy nutrition level, it is very important to make sure that you get a sufficient amount of carbs daily for they are your bodies main source of energy.

There are two different types of carbohydrates and it is detrimental to your diet that you are able to differentiate between the two. For the most part carbs are comprised of cellulose, starches, and sugars which your body breaks down and converts them into glucose, commonly called blood sugar.

The first kind, the enemy to your waste line, are called simple carbohydrates, also known as sugar. So just how bad are carbs like these for us? Well simple carbs such as table sugar, honey, and anything that contains high-fructose corn syrup, are all digested rather quickly and give us the effects of a “sugar high” or a rush of energy.

How bad are carbs like the simple for our metabolism? We have all felt an energy surge after eating a cookie or a piece of chocolate. A good example is the hyper-active children on a playground after consuming their weight in koolaid and sugary snacks and or candies. That is the handy work of the complex carbs. Soon after, a major sugar crash is experienced and a state of low energy levels take over and make us feel exhausted. And most likely these simple sugars will leave us feeling even hungrier than before consumption.

But we must not forget the good carbs, also known as complex carbohydrates. Complex carbs consist of starchy and fiber-rich foods and take much longer for the body to digest. Examples of complex carbohydrates are fruits, legumes, grains, and other vegetables. Starchy foods include potatoes, wheat, rice, and corn.

But wait! Aren’t starches bad for us? How bad are carbs like starches? It is always best to remember to eat anything such as potatoes, rice, and pastas in moderation. Always remember the “calories-in, calories-out” rule. If you are going to eat a plate of pasta, make sure you plan on burning it off. Use the starch to your advantage. You absolutely can enjoy a delicious side of rice with your grilled chicken. But make sure its balanced with a heaping side of vegetables. Its best to over indulge on the more fibrous carbs. The more complex, the better for you.