Are Carbs Bad?
A common misconception is that carbs are bad for you and or that carbs cause weight/ fat gain. Nothing could be further from the truth. Carbohydrate consumption is important not to mention necessary for optimal health.
Your body digests certain types of nutrients differently, using them for all sorts of bodily functions such as building muscle, transporting nutrients, fueling various organs or muscles, or storing energy as fat for later use. There are two basic types of nutrients: macronutrients and micronutrients. Macronutrients are the structural and energy-giving caloric components of our foods that most of us are familiar with. They include carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Micronutrients are vitamins, minerals, trace elements, phytochemicals, and antioxidants that are also essential for good health.
When you eat carbohydrates, they are converted into glucose (blood sugar) in your system which is then used to provide your body with energy. Vegetables, fruit, and whole grains are all quality sources of carbohydrates. You definitely want to watch out for “bad” carbohydrates such as processed carbs in junk food and refined grains.
Unless you’re doing a low carb diet approximately 45 percent to 65 percent of your diet should include carbohydrates. The amount of carbohydrates that you should be consuming depends on your body size as well as your activity level. Intake is also dependent on dietary fat and protein intake. Higher amounts of carbohydrates are needed with increased muscle mass and increased physical activity levels. Quality sources of carbs include vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains. Science says that carbs are indeed very good for you so eat up and enjoy!
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