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Old-Fashioned Carbs Are Still Good

By Tom Herrin

A lot of us worry about taking in too many carbs.  We know that this can cause us to gain weight when we are not able to burn them at the same rate we take them in.  The reality is that we need some carbs to go along with fats and proteins as we try to have a balanced diet.  Many of the more recent diets have focused on trying to cut carbs severely and forcing the body to burn fats for energy instead.  If we understand a little more about carbs, we can more likely do a better job of putting together a diet that can continue to support good health.

Avoid Too Many Simple Carbs

Simple carbs are those that can be easily broken down and burned.  Many people view them as a good source of quick energy.  Others see them as empty calories that can do little to supply the energy we need in the long-term.  It is common to see some people drink sugary sodas to give them this so-called quick energy.  A 2109 study observed that it may be more a matter of a sugar low following consumption of simple carbs that creates part of an illusion of quick energy.

Go for Complex Carbs

What are commonly referred to as complex carbs are many of the foods that we have always been encouraged to eat.  These include green and yellow vegetables.  They are relatively easy to digest and convert to energy in a slower process.  This helps to provide energy over a longer period so that is more lasting.  Several other foods are considered to be complex carbs as well, but some of the starches are a little tougher on those who may have problems such as diabetes.

Juices Are a Toss Up 

Many people drink juice with breakfast each day to be sure to get enough vitamins and minerals.  They can be a good source of these, but we have to be careful as some juices contain added sugar.  Reading the labels can help to keep us better informed.  If the juices you normally drink are higher in sugar, you may want to simply eat a piece of fruit instead of drinking the juice.  This will still supply the vitamins and minerals without so many simple carbs.  It may also have more fiber as well.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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