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Carbohydrates: Good vs Bad

Carbohydrates: Good vs Bad

Mireia Cervera 08 December 2016

The title of the post may seem a reductionist, dichotomous, binary vision, good and evil, but it is not like that, carbohydrates are one of the fundamental pillars of our diet and surely one of the healthy foods that mmore controversy arouses. Most weight loss diets remove them from the menus and some popular dietary guidelines, such as the Paleo or Dukan diet, also tend to reduce them. So are they good, or are they bad?

Only 10% of the energy consumed can be simple sugars.

What if we eat a lot of simple carbohydrates?

Currently we are taking a lot of refined sugars, and sometimes without knowing it, because they are added to many foods and we do not know how much (important to readlabels). When we take in a lot of sugars, they quickly pass into the blood, force the pancreas to produce a lot of insulin, and those that we do not use for energy are transformed into fats.

In the United States, there has beenwhat is called the "American paradox", which consists of a great decrease in the consumption of fats, together with an increase in obesity rates, due to the excessive consumption of sugars.

It is best to get carbohydratesbonus from whole foods and legumes. In addition to energy, these foods provide us with vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

5 healthy tips on carbohydrates

  1. PrioiCurl unprocessed foods, this includes whole grains, fruits and vegetables, seeds, and legumes.
  2. Read the labels of the foods you buy in the supermarket, avoid those that contain a lot of sugar or added sugars (the simplestis, the "bad").
  3. Try to make most of the cereals you eat whole.
  4. Choose whole fruits and 100% fruit juices with no added sugar ( Teresa's Juicery's are idealales!). Make sure that at least half of your daily servings of fruit come from whole fruits.
  5. Do not stay in the superficial, in the binary, always go further and as we say in Teresa Carles Healthy Foods: eat better, be happier, live longer!

Mireia Cervera Nutritionist Teresa Carles Healthy Foods Group - Flax & Kale