Good vs. Bad Carbs? Do you know the difference?
Four years ago, I sure didn’t! But what I do know is that in the past 10 years, opinions have ranged on carbohydrates. Some diets promote carbs has healthy, while others forbid them.
So, are carbs good or bad? The short answer is they are both! Below is a quick breakdown of the good vs bad carbs to simply help take the guesswork out.
Complex carbs= GOOD. For the most part, “good carbs” are in their natural state or very close to it (including whole grain bread, pasta and cereal)
Examples include: whole grain bread, bran cereals, green vegetables, fresh fruits.
Why are they GOOD?
- High in fiber and nutrients
- Low glycemic index
- Help you feel full with fewer calories
- Naturally stimulates the metabolism
Simple carbs= BAD. Simple carbs are usually processed carb foods being stripped of their natural nutrients and fiber to make them more “consumer friendly.”
Examples include: candy and desserts, sugary cereals, sodas and sugary drinks, refined breads.
Why are they BAD?
- Low in fiber and nutrients
- High glycemic index
- Empty calories converted into fat
- High blood glucose levels= more tired!
Again, this is a very quick breakdown of the good vs bad carbs to simply help take the guesswork out. I am still learning about carbs and the importance of how they fuel my body. I am excited to share more soon! For now, I hope this helps you understand carbs a little more as you choose how you fuel your body.