Understanding The Difference Between Good and Bad Carbs

Posted by: Robert Swilley

As we know the topic of "good" vs. "bad" carbohydrate intake has been greatly debated over the years. What I am here to do, is to help you understand the difference between the two and show you that there is hope for fat loss success and healthier eating habits. Although the low carb approach may be sensible to some, I personally feel that it is not the best approach.

I do, however, feel that one of the most significant reasons that people struggle with their weight loss is simply because they are over consuming "bad" carbohydrates. These "bad" carbohydrates can be found in non-whole grain pastas, rice, bread, and bagels, as well as, juices and sodas. Refrain from fried foods and refined starches. Instead, eat meats, vegetables, and get your carbs from a whole grain source. Fact is, these simple substitutions can prolong your life and keep you healthy.

To answer the question I know you all have, carbohydrates can be both good and bad. The difference, however, rests on everyday choices that you can make! Do yourself a favor and opt for the "good" carbohydrates, those containing high fiber content. These carbs can be found in whole grain breads, as well as, fruits, vegetables, and beans. Fruit juices from 100% concentrate and artificially flavored fruit "snacks" do not count. Due to fiber content, these "good" carbs are absorbed more slowly by the human body which in turn helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Foods containing refined starches such as white bread will actually strip away helpful fiber that our bodies need.

Although fiber is not digested by our bodies, it has many beneficial qualities. Fiber is extremely helpful with absorbing water into our bowels. Fiber helps keep you "regular" and can relieve constipation. Hemorrhoids can even be relieved with the help of fiber. The amount of fiber in your diet also plays an important role in preventing certain diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, diverticular disease, and even gallstones.

Rather than grains for your carbohydrate intake, attempt to eat more vegetables, sweet potatoes, and berries. Whole fruits (not fruit juices) work as well. When grains cannot be avoided, focus on the most nutrient dense and fibrous portions. The "bran" and the "germ" is what you want more of, to be exact. For example, when you decide on having oat meal for breakfast, alter that main ingredient to oat bran. This way, you get the full benefit of the most grains without the inconvenience of excess starches and calories.

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