Cut the CARB!?
O.M.G Carbs!", "I say no to carbs, but they just don't listen", "I'm on a low carb diet", or "I am on that diet where you cut the carbs, and all sugar and all the happiness".
Sounds familiar? Well, either we'v been there or have friends who say these things and spoil our weekend dinner plans. EYE ROLL!! Right!
Wait a minute! What are carbs?
What are Carbs?
Understand, the main purpose of carbohydrates or "carbs" is to provide energy to our body.
Carbs are of 3 types - Sugar, Starch, and Fiber.
Sugar or simple carbs get absorbed in the blood quickly. To know more about sugar, you may want to check this out.
Starch or complex carbs helps in the slow release of glucose in the bloodstream and controls the spike in our blood sugar levels. WIN-WIN!! Coz your tummy is gonna be full for longer!!
Fiber comes from plant food. Eating food high in fiber can improve digestion, lower blood sugar, and reduce the risk of heart disease.
I mean! It doesn't get any cooler than that!!
Why are we afraid of carbs?
Over intake of carbohydrates is linked to several diseases, mainly to; Diabetes (ineffective at controlling blood glucose) and Lactose-intolerance (lack of ability to digest lactose found in milk and other dairy product).
Processed food and refined sugars are harder for the body to get rid off, and it is difficult for our systems to break them down.
Sugars that are highly processed cause an immediate spike in blood sugar, known as empty calories - gives us no nutritional benefit.