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Do You Shy Away From Carbs?

By Tom Herrin

It seems like a lot of diet trends lately have focused on cutting carbs.  It is not all a bad idea because it can help us to manage calories and weight.  A short time ago, a big thing was to cut fats as much as possible.  Low fat diets are very beneficial to some individuals.  With the more recent push to minimize carbs, some diets focus on forcing the body to burn fat for energy rather than rely on carbs.  The truth is that carbs are a necessary part of a healthy diet for any of us.  The more we understand about carbs, the better off we will be.  

How Simple Can Carbs Be?

Most of the time, carbs are divided up into two categories, simple and complex.  The simple carbs are those that can easily be turned to sugar to be burned.  We think of things such as sodas, but they may also be candies and other items that we consider to be snacks.  Syrups and honey are other sources of simple carbs that some people rely on.  For years, many people have used simple carbs as a source of quick energy, or so they thought, but one study done in recent years has suggested that the effect may be more about a lull in energy some time after consuming the simple carbs.

Complex Carbs Are Not That Complicated

We all need to take in some complex carbs.  The ones that we all know are good for us are green and yellow vegetables.  While we may also consume quite a few white vegetables, they tend to be a little less healthy for some.  Those prone to diabetes are particularly sensitive to having some issues related to eating them.  Those who are concerned with the diets of athletes usually pay special attention to including complex carbs that can help to provide sustained energy for the duration of the athletic activity.  

Juices and Carbs

Some of us make a point to drink juices with breakfast daily.  For the most part, they are good as they contain plenty of vitamins and minerals.  Some of them, however, have added sugars.  In these cases, it may be healthier to eat the whole fruit rather than drink the juices.  Either way, if we pay attention and plan, we can make our diets healthier.

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

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