In the issue before last, we talked about the good carbs and why carbohydrates should supply the majority of your daily intake. If you missed the article, see the post from November 10 to see the sources of carbohydrates that are essential to maintain your energy on a daily basis.
If carbohydrates should be supplying the majority of your daily intake, why are people on “low carb” diets and what’s the deal with the bad reputation?
Let’s talk about 3 low carb diet myths:
Myth #1: Carbs will make me fat
When people refer to these carbs they’re generally referring to carbs such as breads, pastas, rice, cookies, donuts, junk food. That’s a good thing to avoid. Some people, however, feel that rice and fruits should be avoided because they fall under the “carbs” category. While fruits do contain larger amounts of natural sugar, they are also packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and good stuff that helps to slow down the absorption of sugar – and insulin spikes - decreasing the hit to the liver. And some people need some amount of rice in order to feel full and satisfied with meals. Keep in mind there are many other types of rice or grains that can be eaten versus just plain white rice, which has been stripped of nutrients and skinned down to a ball of sugar.
Myth #2: Eating a Low Carb diet will help me lose weight
This can true, if done correctly. Cutting out refined, packaged foods, white breads, rice, and pastas, baked goods, sodas and fruit juices, and replacing them with the right kinds of carbs from natural food sources is the way to make this true. This will correct a high blood sugar as well.
Myth #3: I shouldn’t eat carrots, potatoes, and certain fruits because it’s high in carbs
Carrots and white potatoes should be cooked or eaten with fat in order to decrease the sugar spike – and takes longer for your body to absorb the glucose. High fructose can be avoided if you’re trying to lose weight and you’re already eating a diet in natural food sources.
A “carbohydrate” is simply a term used to describe the classification of foods that provides the human body with energy. Our bodies create energy from a constant supply of glucose, which comes from either the food we eat or from stored glycogen (a form of glucose that has been stored in the liver and muscles to be used when we need it and have not eaten).
Every Body is completely individual and unique. Listen to your body and use your intuition to figure out what types of carbs work best for you.