Eat Your Carbs! Benefits of CARBS

   Quality Carbohydrates can provide a lot health benefits.

What are carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates are found in a wide array of both healthy and unhealthy foods—bread, beans, milk, popcorn, potatoes, cookies, spaghetti, soft drinks, corn, and cherry pie. They also come in a variety of forms. The most common and abundant forms are sugars, fibers, and starches.

Foods high in carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet. Carbohydrates provide the body with glucose, which is converted to energy used to support bodily functions and physical activity. But carbohydrate quality is important; some types of carbohydrate-rich foods are better than others:

The healthiest sources of carbohydratesunprocessed or minimally processed whole grains, vegetables, fruits and beans—promote good health by delivering vitamins, minerals, fiber, and a host of important phytonutrients.

Unhealthier sources of carbohydrates include white bread, pastries, sodas, and other highly processed or refined foods. These items contain easily digested carbohydrates that may contribute to weight gain, interfere with weight loss, and promote diabetes and heart disease.

 

Benefits of Carbs

  • Regulator if mood. Stimulates serotonin production ;
  • Improves athletic performance. Glycogen is you body’s primary fuel source and carbs are quickest way to get that fuel ;
  • Source of fiber. Improves digestion and gut health ;
  • Increased energy levels. Carbs are converted to glucose which is necessary for energy production;
  • Better metabolism. Carbs support normal thyroid and metabolic function ;
  • Promotes heart health. Healthy carbs such as steel cut oats have great benefits.
  • Improves sleep. Foods rich in slow digesting carbs contribute to restful sleep ;
  • Improves muscle mass. Fills up glycogen stores in muscles and improves performance in the gym ;
  • and Improves brain performance. Glycogen is your brain’s preferred fule source.

Complex Carb Foods

  • Oatmeal (old-fashioned or Steel Cut)
  • Yams
  • Brown rice
  • Sweet potatoes
  • 100% whole wheat bread
  • 100% whole wheat pasta Beans and lentils
  • Fresh Beets
  • Pumpkin

Carb Rich Fruits

  • Grapefruit
  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • Peaches
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Pineapple
  • Blackberries
  • Plums
  • Pears
  • Acai berries
  • Mango

Vegetables lower in carbs but high in nutrients

  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Asparagus
  • Spinach
  • Salad greens
  • Tomatoes Peppers (green and red)
  • Onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Carrots
  • Green beans
  • Peas
  • Cauliflower

Getting your carbs from whole, low processed and natural sources is the KEY.