What are carbohydrates?
Carbohydrates are an essential macronutrient and our main source of energy. Carbs are like the gas for your car, they fuel your body. Just the brain alone needs 125 grams of carbohydrates per day in order to function properly!
Common Myth #1
"Low carbohydrate diets are healthier”
Cutting out carbohydrates seems to be a trend right now but I am here to tell you good news!! You don’t need to cut out carbohydrates to lead a healthier lifestyle. Low carb diets such as the “Keto Diet” typically cut out fruits and some vegetables that are full of essential vitamins and minerals. Another post on the Keto Diet to come!
Common Myth #2
“Carbohydrates make you gain weight”
There is not one specific food or one “bad” food that is going to cause weight gain. Any food in excess and eating more calories than your body needs or burns will uiltimately lead to weight gain.
Common Myth #3
“Carbohydrates are only found in bread and grains”
Carbohydrates are actually found in majority of the foods you eat in a day including grains, fruit, fruit juices, most vegetables, beans, milk, yogurt, and any processed foods made with syrups, honey or sugar.
1 small apple= 15 grams of Carbohydrates (CHO)
1 cup of soy milk= 15 grams CHO
1 slice of whole wheat bread= 15 grams CHO
1/4 of a bagel= 15 grams CHO
1/2 cup sugary cereal= 15 grams CHO
So whats the deal?
Yes, there are better carbohydrate options such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. However, no matter what type of carbohydrate you are putting into your body, if you are eating those foods in excess and continually over your bodies caloric needs will lead to weight gain. It is all about moderation, treating yourself, balance, and listening to your hunger cues and needs. There is not one specific diet or meal pattern that is the cure but I am here to tell you cutting out or avoiding carbohydrates completely may not be the move. It is not as trendy or healthy as you think. If you have any further questions or concerns, never hesitate to email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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