There seems to be a lot made of low carbohydrate diets these days.You see magazine aticles,tv commercials and so on praising the effects of the low carb diet.You hear of good carbs and bad carbs,with all the information about carbs floating around it would be easy to get confused on how many carbs you should actually intake everyday.
Carbohydrates,their main job is to provide your body the ability to make fuel to get through the day!Your body uses the carbs provided to make glucose,which is what fuels you.It can either be used immediatly or be stored in the liver and muscles for later use.
Carbohydrates can be found in foods that are healthy and in foods that aren’t so healthy.Bad carbs can be found in foods such as white bread,cookies,cakes,etc.Good carbs are found in foods such as vegetables,fruits and grains.There are two main types of carbs,they are complex carbohydrates and simple carbohydrates.
There are two types of complex carbs-dietary fiber and starch.Starch must be broken down through digestion before the body can use it as a glucose source.Starch is found in certain vegetables such as potatoes,corn and peas as well as some breads, cereals and grains.Dietary fibers are found naturally in the plants we eat and are not digested in our stomachs,but pssed through.The dietary fiber found in some fruits(oranges,pears,strawberries,blueberries),veggies(celery,cucumbers and carrots),nuts,seeds and oatmeal are considered a soluble fiber.Soluble fiber attracts water,slows digestion and makes you feel full longer,which helps control weight.Soluble fiber can also help lower LDL (“bad”) blood cholesterol by interfering with the absorption of dietary cholesterol.
Dietary fiber can also be found in most whole wheat bread,brown rice,whole grain cereals,some seeds,fruits(raisins and grapes) and vegetables(zucchini,broccoli,cabbage,onions,tomatoes and green beans) and considered insoluble fiber.Insoluble fiber has a laxitive effect,add some bulk to the diet and prevent constipation.These fiber do not dissolve in water therefore moves thru your system intact and speeds up the passage of food and waste.
It is widely suggested that you should consume betwwen 25 and 30 grams of fiber per day.The great thing with fiber is that it binds to fat and will aid in removal of fat from your body and it makes you feel full.
Simple carbs are carbs that have sugar naturally and that have sugars added during manufacture.Most foods that have sugar added simply have less nutrients than those that don’t.If you check the label and it says sugear,sweetener,syrup,fruit juice concentrate,fructose,glucose,dextrose,lactose or maltose you know it has added sweetner.
How Many Carbs Do You Need?
This tends to be a loaded question,but my research finds that a person who exercises several times per week should range betwwen 200-230 grams of carbohydrates per day.While someone who doesn’t exercise should stay between 130-160 grams of carbohydrates per day.
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