Let’s talk CARBS
Although carbs often get a bad rap when it comes to eating healthy, it is actually the macronutrient that is recommended you eat the most of! Understanding what carbohydrates are, how they work in the body and which foods you should eat to get the right kinds of carbohydrates will help you make more informed food choices and support your overall health.
What are carbohydrates?
Carbohydrates are the main energy source of the body. Carbohydrates provide your body with glucose (also known as blood sugar). Maintaining glucose levels is very important for optimum bodily function and ensuring you have the energy you need on a daily basis.
Carbohydrates fall into two different categories: complex carbs and simple carbs. This is an important distinction to make, as they both contribute to bodily function in different ways. You should always aim to focus your carbohydrate intake on complex carbs because they keep you fuller for longer and are generally higher in fiber than simple carbs. Complex carbs also don’t spike your blood sugar in the way simple carbs can.
How many carbohydrates do you need?
It’s important to know how much of this macronutrient you actually need on a daily basis to help you feel your best. The general rule of thumb is that carbs should make up about 45-65% of your calorie intake for the day. Again, it is important that most of these come from complex carbohydrates to help you stay fuller for longer. Your body relies on carbohydrates first and foremost for any energy expenditure during workouts or other daily activities.
CARBS = ENERGY (FUEL)
Complex Carbs VS Simple Carbs
Carbs made up of sugar molecules that are in long, complex chains, which take longer to digest. These help keep blood sugar levels regulated.
• Whole Grains
• Beans, Legumes
• Sweet potatoes• Quinoa
Carbs typically found in processed or refined sugars and are broken down quickly by the body. These tend to make blood sugar spike.
• White Bread or Pasta
• Sugar (white or brown)
• Honey• Fruits