In Defense of Carbs

Let's Clear the Confusion- Carbs are Not "Bad".

In fact, carbohydrates are the main source of fuel for your muscles and your brain. They give you antioxidants for fighting off disease, B vitamins for converting food into energy and fiber for healthy digestion and weight control.

It's all in the nuance - some carbs are better for you than others. Obviously, a sweet potato and candy, although both mostly carbs, don't have the same effect on your health. So, here is what you need to know: carbs can be split into two categories: simple and complex.

Simple Carbs.

Carbs can blame their bad reputation on the simple or refined varieties, like white bread, pasta, cookies, cakes, candy, etc. Carbs that have been stripped of their fiber and nutrients to make them "white", cause blood sugar spikes, excess fat storage, and moodiness.

Complex Carbs.

Complex carbs are a different story. In their unprocessed, fiber-filled form, these foods do not cause the same dramatic spikes and crashes, and thus, they can help steady your blood sugar, mood and your weight.

Have you ever tried to cut out carbs? NOT FUN! It makes you feel like a food-obsessed crazy person.

Mental instability aside, going too low in your carb intake can deprive you of needed nutrients, stress-out your adrenals and throw your hormones out of whack. Why put yourself through that?

Just choose complex carbs, and maintain your sanity!

Keep reading for a list of complex carbs to include in your diet.

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Choose these carbs:

  • Whole grains (quinoa, brown rice, wheat berries, millet, etc.)

  • Milk, yogurt, kefir (grass-fed or organic)

  • Whole fruit (bananas, apples, pears, etc. - ideally organic)

  • Winter squashes (like pumpkin, butternut or acorn)

  • Starchy vegetables (corn, peas, potatoes, sweet potatoes)

  • Beans & legumes (lentils, garbanzos, black beans, etc.)

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