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Knowing The Difference Between Good Carbs And Bad Carbs

If you were to ask anyone on the street what they think of the word "carbohydrates", you may get a mixed response. Many people might say that they honestly don't know too much about the nature of carbs in the diet, while plenty of others might tell you that all carbs are bad for a person's health, and a diet that eliminates as many carbs as possible is the healthiest diet that a person can consume.

Unfortunately, these are just some of the common misconceptions about carbs that too many people are subjected to in this day and age, partly because of companies and dietary trends and fads that end up marketing their items as "low carb" and therefore healthier than foods that have higher amounts of carbs.

The truth of the matter is that not all carbs are bad for you, and while even though some carbs are indeed unhealthy, it can be tricky for many people to tell the difference between good and bad carbs if they have never taken the time to research the topic. I was fortunate enough to come across a very helpful and extremely informative article post by Help Guide, that provides excellent advice on this very issue. Here is what I learned from the article.

First of all, it is important to understand what carbs do in the body, and why they can be so beneficial, not to mention even downright necessary, for the optimal functioning of your body. Essentially, the body relies on getting enough healthy carbs from food sources in order to convert it into energy and fuel for the functions of the body. However, it is only the natural and healthy carbs that are able to provide this good energy for the body; the many unhealthy carbs that come from processed foods today do virtually nothing to provide the body with energy and nutrients. In fact, bad carbs tend to do the exact opposite by draining the body of any and all energy, and leading to major bouts of sleepiness and tiredness almost immediately after being consumed. 

So where can you find good carbs, and what should you avoid when it comes to bad carbs? Stick to unprocessed whole foods, such as whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and beans, in order to get those good carbs. Stay away from grains that have been stripped of their natural nutrients, such as white bread and white rice, in order to avoid those bad carbs.

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