Why is it that carbohydrates have developed such a bad name? It seems that ever since the hype of the Atkins Diet, carbs have been looked down upon, feared, and completely avoided.
Well, I’m here to set the record straight!
Carbs are not bad, they're essential to your health and wellbeing!
Humans have been consuming carbohydrates for thousands of years, but the obesity epidemic didn’t start until recently. What matters most is the type of carbs you consume.
I blame the negative reputation of carbs on the fact that most carbohydrates found in grocery stores are highly refined and processed. These are the foods that come in a box, bag or can, and they are essentially empty calories, offering zero nutritional benefit.
Foods like white pasta, white rice, white bread, many cereals, crackers and cookies all contain refined carbs. These refined foods have been highly processed and stripped of all the good vitamins, minerals and fiber.
Therefore, they are digested quickly, provide short, fast energy, and leave you feeling hungry again an hour later. You then end up eating more and more, yet your body is unsatisfied. Your body is literally left starving for the nutrients it needs.
So what carbs should we eat? This is the exciting part because there are so many good options! Here are just a few: