Carbohydrates aren’t bad, but some may be healthier than others. We all love carbs and need carbs in our diet, but we must be smart about it. The carbs we choose and how many carbs we actually consume, can play a big role in our health and weight management. Carbs are found in all sorts of foods and beverages too. Have you checked the back of your milk and OJ containers? I’m not even mentioning the sugars, also found in these drinks? (ok, I guess I just did!)
I choose to just eat an orange when I have them on hand. I’m also avoiding approximately 115 calories for just one cup of OJ. Common sources of naturally occurring carbs include: Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts, Seeds and Legumes.
Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for your body but are made up of sugars, which break down to provide either quick energy or slow-burning, sustained energy over a period of several hours. “Simple” carbs, such as those found in most fruits, are quick energy sources, while “complex” carbs, as in whole grains, provide longer-lasting energy.
Consuming too many high-glycemic carbs is what’s making people obese and diabetic. High glycemic carbs are those that raise blood sugar too fast. They include rice, bread, candy, potato, sweets, juices, sodas, and most processed carbs. Processing of carbs seriously increases a persons glycemic index, which will raise their blood sugar.
The problem with high-glycemic carbs is that they give an unnecessary insulin response. Constant increases of insulin lead to hyperinsulinism, which is linked to obesity, elevated cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and other diseases. Research “hyperinsulinism” on the Internet. There’s a good bit of info which I found valuable. The CrossFit prescription is a low-glycemic diet and so brutally dulls the insulin response. Let me also mention that by eliminating processed carbs from your diet (minimizing you body’s insulin production) will ramp up your fat metabolism. Who doesn’t want this? I wasn’t going to mention this, but I believe knowledge is power, so I’m going to share it. High insulin levels over long periods of time will slow down sex hormones, causing testosterone and other sex hormones to decline. I think it’s safe to assume majority of us do not want this!
Coronary heart disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, and obesity have all been connected to a diet too high in refined or processed carbs. Obesity rates have increased dramatically over the years, along with diabetes. Remember, carbs drive insulin, and insulin drives fat. That’s the simplest explanation for what’s going on. Although carbs have important nutritional and health benefits, they work best when we eat them as part of a balanced diet.