Carbohydrates are not the enemy that fad diets will lead you to believe they are! In fact, our bodies need carbohydrates to survive, as they are the body’s preferred energy source.
Many people believe that carbohydrates only come in the form of white bread, pasta and cereals, but that certainly isn’t true. Many healthy foods like vegetables, potatoes, whole grains, beans, peas, lentils and fruit also contain a significant amount of carbohydrates.
So while our body needs about 50 percent of calories from carbohydrates, there are much healthier options outside of refined carbohydrates.
There are two different types of carbohydrates: simple and complex.
Simple carbs are candy bars, soda and baked goods, while complex carbs include whole grains, fruits and beans.
Complex carbohydrates offer fiber for gastrointestinal health, slow released carbohydrates for sustained energy levels and fuel for the brain; while simple carbohydrates create a surge in blood sugar that wreaks havoc on energy levels.
When selecting carbohydrates, it's best to choose from the complex type for their optimal health benefits.