Why You Should Love (Not Fear) Carbs, So Pass The Bread Basket Already
Great news! Carbs AREN'T the enemy!
Carbohydrates -- those cheeky sugars, starches and fibres found in fruits, grains, vegetables and milk products -- get a really bad rap.
There are countless trendy diets out there aiming to limit or eliminate carb-rich foods -- starchy veggies like potatoes or corn, grains, rice, breads, and cereals are all big no-no's.
The wildly popular Keto diet is practically breaking the internet at the moment with its weight loss claims and is a perfect example of the anti-carb rhetoric.
Keto devotees ditch high-carb foods in favour of meat, some dairy, eggs and, well ... more meat. The absence of carbs forces the body into a state of ketogenesis which basically means it has to burn fats for energy instead.
Hence the weight loss results.
But Keto, the much-hyped diet at the top of everyone’s list of New Year's Resolutions, has some experts concerned. Apparently, consuming such small amounts of carbs can be detrimental to our long-term health.
A study released in August this year by the European Society of Cardiology found that people who consumed a low carbohydrate diet were at greater risk of premature death.
On top of that, risks were also increased for individual causes of death including coronary heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
So, what's the deal -- is bread really the ultimate enemy, or can we still be friends?
According to Ella Martyn, personal trainer and Bulk Nutrients ambassador, carbs should be our BFFs. And we couldn't be happier.
Here are Martyn's four very good reasons why we should love, not fear carbs.
Carbs are NOT making you fat!
"Carbs get such a bad wrap, but people are just misinformed," Martyn told 10 daily.
"Not one single food group or macronutrient is responsible for making you fat, this is down to a calorie surplus which can be achieved through eating an excess of ‘unhealthy’ foods or from processed foods."
So even if you cut out carbs, but eat the same amount of daily calories you will remain the same weight.
Carbs are our main fuel source
"Complex carbs and simple carbs contain glucose which is the main fuel source of our body.
"They give us the energy to get through our days and prevent us from feeling tired and lethargic. We could run on fat and protein (hello keto/Atkins), but they don’t have the same effect of carbs and would leave us feeling run down and exhausted."
Carbs contain essential nutrients for our bodies
"Carbs, especially complex carbs, are important to consume to help meet our requirements of certain vitamins and minerals.
"Whole grains are a really rich source of B vitamins, which are integral to assisting the body to utilise fuel. Without the means to utilise our fuel, our bodies wouldn't be able to properly function."
Carbs -- in some form -- are found in almost all foods
"Carbs are found in almost all assortments of food. Simple carbs are found in natural sources such as fruit and milk or artificial sources in the form of processed refined sugars like lollies.
"Whereas complex carbs are in foods such as green vegetables, whole grains, potatoes etc.
Without including carbs in your diet you would have to wipe out a lot of delicious meals and I don’t know one person who would jump at the chance to give up pasta.
In carb-clusion ...
"All in all, carbs are one of the most important parts of our diets and without them, we would literally be in misery -- from being tired, lethargic and obviously from lack of pizza!
"So stop calling out carbs as the bad guy, because let’s be real if carbs were in a movie they would be the superhero not the villain."
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