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Carbs Are Better Than Some Think

By Tom Herrin

Most people form opinions about diet and nutrition based either on their own personal experiences or what information they gather from some other source.  Many times, that other source is just a general misconception.  When they hear about some new diet, they may be influenced to believe it is the best solution for their personal needs.  In recent times, there has been much about diets that make some major cuts in carbs.  Without a doubt, many people take in too many carbs, but some of them are also necessary for good health.  Cutting them too extremely may be reflected in some health problems that no one needs.

Some Cuts Can Improve Health

Carbs appear in all kinds.  In this fast pace of today that so many people seem to get caught up in, they often end up relying on foods they can grab and eat while on the go.  Many of these package foods are packed with sugar.  These have very little real nutritional value but do a lot of harm for those who consume them.  One recommendation is that women should limit their intake of these types of carbs to not more than 100 calories per day while for men, the suggested limit is 150 calories per day from these carbs.

Muscles Must Have Carbs

The only way muscles work well is to be fueled by good carbs.  If there is not a sufficient supply, the muscles themselves may begin to be used as fuel.  Of course, this would reduce the amount of lean muscles in the body.  Those good carbs come from the same source that lots of moms have been telling their kids for years.  Fruits, vegetables, and healthy grains can provide what the body needs without sacrificing good things.

It Is a Constant Process

We always have to be on our guard when we are dealing with health.  Many trends are good, but some have also had some bad results when people have gone too far.  We have to temper what we do with as much education as possible on a given subject.  I always try to remember that many new programs work for some but not others.  I try to filter out as much of the information as possible so that I can get a clear picture.  Watching our diets is important, but we should never make major changes without spending an ample amount of time and effort to determine just how we fit in.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Kennesaw, Ga.

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