More to Chew On: Last Bites From Around the Country

  • By The Chew Crew

The New York City Marathon is this weekend and now is the perfect time to load up on carbs in preparation.  Carbohydrates are an essential part of any diet.  In fact, the USDA recommends that they should comprise 45 to 65 percent of your daily calories. 

 

There are so many myths about carbs, we took a couple misconceptions and debunked them.

 

Myth #1: All carbs are bad carbs. 

 

Carbs full of fiber are considered good, or complex, as they are absorbed gradually into the human body, without causing spikes in blood sugar levels. These include whole grains, vegetables, fruits, beans.

 

Refined and processed carbs are considered bad, or simple, as they are absorbed quickly by the digestive system, causing blood sugar levels to spike. This causes your body to store the excessive sugar as fat.  Some examples include sugars and white grains.

 

Myth #2: If you want to lose 10 pounds, a low carb diet will give you the best results. 

 

Although it’s true that you will initially shed pounds if you cut carbs from your diet, the bad news is that you’ll gain them all back – and more – as soon as you start eating carbs again.  Low carb diets can work well for people who have a lot weight to lose.  Because body fat is the focus, if you are only slightly overweight you may risk burning body protein instead of fat.

 

Myth #3: You don’t need carbs in your diet. 

 

A healthy diet must include carbs, which are broken down into glucose that the body's cells use as energy. Carbs are the primary source of fuel for the body. Without them, we would have a very difficult time functioning day to day.

The New York City Marathon is this weekend and now is the perfect time to load up on carbs in preparation.  Carbohydrates are an essential part of any diet.  In fact, the USDA recommends that they should comprise 45 to 65 percent of your daily calories. 

 

There are so many myths about carbs, we took a couple misconceptions and debunked them.

 

MYTH #1: All carbs are bad carbs. 

 

Carbs full of fiber are considered good, or complex, as they are absorbed gradually into the human body, without causing spikes in blood sugar levels. These include whole grains, vegetables, fruits, beans.

 

Refined and processed carbs are considered bad, or simple, as they are absorbed quickly by the digestive system, causing blood sugar levels to spike. This causes your body to store the excessive sugar as fat.  Some examples include sugars and white grains.

 

MYTH #2: If you want to lose 10 pounds, a low carb diet will give you the best results

 

Although it’s true that you will initially shed pounds if you cut carbs from your diet, the bad news is that you’ll gain them all back – and more – as soon as you start eating carbs again.  Low carb diets can work well for people who have a lot weight to lose.  Because body fat is the focus, if you are only slightly overweight you may risk burning body protein instead of fat.

 

MYTH #3: You don’t need carbs in your diet. 

 

A healthy diet must include carbs, which are broken down into glucose that the body's cells use as energy. Carbs are the primary source of fuel for the body. Without them, we would have a very difficult time functioning day to day.


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