A hot topic ….. are they bad, are they good. I have come full circle on this one. I cut out ALL carbs, to overdoing the carbs, to finding a healthy balance. I spent hours on this topic, wading through the articles and research papers about carbohydrates trying to understand them better. What did I find? Every person’s body is different and will require different carbohydrate intake. It turns out that high or low carb intake is less important than the type of carbohydrate you eat.
These consist of long chains of sugar molecules (known as polysaccharides).
Wholegrains and foods that have not been processed to remove their fibre are called complex carbs. Complex carbohydrates have a slower, more consistent energy release. They contain more vitamins, minerals and fiber than simple carbs and this helps you feel full for longer.
We find complex carbs in most plant-based foods, such as legumes, grains and starchy vegetables.
Also called simple sugars, consist of just one or two molecules. They provide a readily available source of energy and metabolise quickly, but the consumer soon feels hungry again.
It’s important we understand the type of carbohydrates we eat. Our body responds very differently to simple and complex carbohydrates.
Refined carbs are carbohydrates to avoid. They have been altered in such a way that the processing methods strip the food of the many key vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. These include
According to Dr Axe
Whole, unprocessed carbs are considered healthy carbs.
All these foods have their nutrients intact and have been unaltereed or minimally altered to impact the nutritional value of the food.