It’s a carb-spiracy!
For years, there have been many differing opinions on carbohydrates being healthy or unhealthy. Often cast in a bad light, carbohydrates — one of the basic food groups — are important to having a healthy body.
So the question is:
Are carbohydrates good or bad? The answer is: they’re both.
What are Carbohydrates?
Carbohydrates are one of three macronutrients which provide the body with energy, vital for the body to properly function. Along with the other macronutrients – protein and fats, our body produce carbohydrates (in the form of glycogen), which is stored in the body and converted to glucose to provide energy.
What are the types of Carbohydrates?
Carbohydrates are categorised into:
More complicated chemical structure
Takes longer for the body to break down
Quick to break down
Why are they good?
Why are they bad?
High in fibre and nutrients
Help you feel full with fewer calories
Naturally stimulates metabolism
Aids your digestive tract
Low in fibre and nutrients
Feel hungry faster
Rapidly digested and converted to fats
Spikes and crashes in blood sugar
Low Glycemic Index (GI)
Digested and absorbed slower
Produce a gradual rise in blood sugar level
Promote satiety and control appetite and hunger
High Glycemic Index (GI)
Digested and absorbed quickly
Produce a rapid fluctuation in blood sugar level (sugar crash)
Brings on feeling of fatigue and hunger