Don’t fall for the myth that all carbs are bad for you. Carbs deliver the fuel our body need to keep active and are vital for our organs to function properly. There are an important part of a healthy diet and a powerful source of energy. However, some carbohydrates are better than others.
So, what’s a carbohydrate?
It’s an organic compound consisting of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen that’s commonly found in starch, fibre and sugar. From bread, milk, rice and pastries to soft drinks, beans and pasta – carbs appear in a wide range of foods.
The best source of carbs – such as fruit, vegetables and wholegrains contain vital vitamins and minerals and are good for our health. However the refined carbs that appear in pastries, white bread, white rice, sugared drinks and highly processes foods can contribute to weight gain and increase the risk of heart disease if eaten in large quantities.
The benefits of good carbs:
Providing energy: Carbs our bodies’ main source of fuel
Protecting against disease: Fibre’s essential for good digestive health and there’s a risk of evidence that it can reduce the risk of chronic disease
Controlling weight: Eating plenty of wholegrains, fruits and vegetables can help maintain a healthy weight – their fibre and bulk make us feel fuller on fewer calories
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