With more than 65% of adult Americans currently on some form of attempted weight-loss plan, the carbohydrate question is one we hear very often. You may have heard the news: Carbs are the devil in disguise, sneakily tempting and taunting you in order to make you fat and ruin your life.
Although we now know that the Standard American Diet (SAD), overflowing with fat, sugar, salt, refined ingredients and processed foods, is not a health promoting diet, we cannot say that carbohydrates alone are bad and therefore should be avoided.
The truth of the matter is that the majority of foods contain carbohydrates, even vegetables, nuts, seeds grains, dairy products and fruit. Carbohydrates are actually the main fuel source for humans and animals as they break down into glucose which is used as nourishment for the body and its cells. Without glucose, we could not survive.
Health promoting carbohydrates vs health reducing carbohydrates
When it comes to nutrition, nothing is black or white. The many shades of grey must be examined with all 'food rules'; Quality, quantity, type and timing of carbohydrates make a big difference. An organic apple and a slice of white bread (both at 20 grams of carbs) will nourish and fuel the body in extremely different ways. The apple is packed with nutrients, vitamins, fiber and fructose (which does not affect blood sugar and insulin the same way as glucose), while the toast is low in nutrients and will simply transform into sugar that gets stored in the fat cells.
The healthiest carbohydrates
The best carbs you can eat are from fresh vegetables, roots, fruits, nuts and seeds. These are packed with wholesome nutrients and are easy for the human body to digest, absorb, assimilate and utilize.
Soaked, sprouted and fermented grains are OK to eat in moderation, however an excess will cause too much glucose (blood sugar) to circulate in the body and requires a higher amount of energy and enzymes to process.
Although no foods should be labelled as 'bad' foods, there are some that are best consumed occasionally or very rarely. Foods such as refined sugar, cookies, pastries, cakes, candy, processed grains, processed dairy and soda & alcohol are best kept to a minimum, as they are very low in health promoting qualities. This being said, it is also important to allow yourself to enjoy the 'fun foods' once in a while, to maintain a balanced mindset around food.
To help navigate which carbs are best for blood sugar management, you can look to the glycemic load index for help.
Foods with a low glycemic load of 10 or less:
- Kidney, chick peas, pinto, soy, and black beans
- Fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, green peas, apples, grapefruit, and watermelon
- Cereals made with 100 percent bran
- Cashews and peanuts
- Ancient grain breads such as: barley, pumpernickel, rye and sourdough
- Vegetable juice
- Kefir or goat yogurt
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In health and happiness,
Holistic Nutritional Practitioner
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