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Are You Worried About Carbs?

By Tom Herrin

It seems that many people are into the idea of starving the body of carbohydrates these days.  No matter who it is or when it is, for those who have been around very long, diet trends have been like a roller-coaster ride.  Indulging in high amounts of one nutrient group and depriving themselves of another happens.  The question really is do they understand what they are actually doing or simply following a trend.  Most recently, carbs have been an issue for many and cutting them out has been a thing.  What do they do and why?

What Do Carbs Do That Is so Bad?

For those who are on a low-carb diet, do your things but be aware.  Of the three macronutrients people take in with a diet, each has a specific role.  Carbs may have a bad reputation for good reason.  They appear in disproportionate amounts in lots of fast foods or packaged foods.  The corner store is likely well stocked with these foods.  One of the problems is that so many of these foods have quite a bit of added sugar.  Even if the food does not taste so sweet, it may still have an excessive amount.  This can contribute to common problems and simply provides more than most people need to take in.  

Why Are They Needed?

Many of these diets today that focus on cutting carbs are designed to get a better balance.  Carbs are essential for some of the operations of the body.  If there is an insufficient supply of carbs, the body may metabolize muscle.  This is bad and is what is sometimes seen in those who are suffering from starvation.  Good carbs are more likely those from fruits and vegetables.  Those in processed and packaged foods usually need to be limited.  Checking labels and being aware of the amount of carbs in foods and the amount that are from sugars may be enough to bring this to a level of greater consciousness.

Understand Balance

I try my best to be aware of exactly what I am eating.  Knowing what my food contains, helps.  Reading labels is really something that everyone can learn from.  The recommendations, in some cases, may vary from male to female.  Men may have a need for slightly more carbs in their diet.  As a result, the one size-fits-all concept may be a poor choice.  We all need to personalize our plan.  Be well read and be in tune with our own needs.  If we begin a new diet, it is best to do so with a purpose. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Huntersville, N.C.

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