Over the last couple of decades carbohydrates (or carbs) have been given a bad rap. Don’t be misled by the hype. Carbs are a critical component of a healthy diet as they are the primary source of energy required to fuel all bodily functions during rest and exercise conditions. As such, it’s not the best idea to deprive your body of them. However, like anything else, too much of a good thing can be unhealthy.
Carbs are available in both simple and complex forms. Simple carbohydrates include sugars such as glucose (simple sugar), fructose (fruit sugar) and sucrose (table sugar). With the exception of fructose, simple carbs contain a lot of calories but little nutritional value (i.e. vitamins, minerals, and fiber). On the flip side, complex carbohydrates found in vegetables, dried beans and peas, rice and whole-grained products are extremely nutrient dense, providing large amounts of vitamins, minerals, and fiber without empty calories from added sugars, starches or fats. In fact, almost all essential vitamins and minerals come from carbs. You can also get an adequate supply of protein from a combination of complex carbs…. Click HERE to read the rest.