There is a big myth in the healthy eating industry that all carbs are bad and fortunately, that simply is not true. Carbohydrates are one of the 3 major food groups humans need for good nutrition. The groups are proteins, fats and carbs and obviously, there are good and bad in each one of those categories. Just like all proteins, especially red meats were given a bad rap several years ago, carbs are currently going through a myth stage where some fad diets have suggested to avoid carbs at all cost.
High quality, grass fed beef is very valuable for your nutritional needs, just as are high quality, naturally occurring carbohydrates. The bad thing about carbs is that we as humans were lead to believe sometime back in the the 1950s through the early 1980s that good old white flour, vitamin enriched white Wonder Bread was a good thing for us. Unfortunately, it turns out it wasn’t. It turns out bleached white flour with its high carbohydrate count, is actually a big contributor towards a whole host of diseases related to diabetes and obesity.
The reason high quality carbohydrates are much better for you that low quality ones are because they provide needed fiber, have a lower glycemic index, digest slower thus providing a slower release of sugar to the blood giving you sustained energy and that keeps you feeling fuller for a longer period of time, making you want to eat less food.
With all that in mind, we’ve made a list of good carbs vs bad carbs for you to consider as you make your weekly trek to the grocery store. Make your grocery list based on more of the good than bad and see how you feel in a few weeks.
Good Quality Carbs:
Fresh fruits and vegetables
Low Quality Carbs:
White bread and buns
White flour spaghetti and pasta
Almost any frozen dessert
White saltines and crackers
Soda, colas, soft drinks
Most fruit juices
White flour tortillas
These are just general guidelines and we hope they help you in making smarter and healthier food choices. Happy, healthy eating…