We get it, CARB is a 4-letter word to some people. But the right carbs supply steady energy, keep blood sugar levels even, and help keep your mood up. You may be surprised to learn some of your favorite healthy foods are filled with carbs.
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You do your absolute best to eat healthy. You want to live healthier and longer, lose weight and look better, too! But do you really feel confident in the decisions you are making when it comes to your food? Are you adding empty calories to your eating routine or taking things out that are actually of significant value? Maybe you are just so overwhelmed and confused that you have considered giving up.
Well, don’t do that!
One of the most reoccurring themes from the questions I am asked pertains to the subject of carbs. People ask me if they are good, if they’re bad or if they should stay away from them completely. Many people don’t know that there are actually two different type of carbs, refined and unrefined. Many foods contain carbs that you wouldn’t expect, which throws a lot of healthy eaters off of their game. Take a look below and see if any of these carb filled health foods have been making an appearance in your daily health journey.
Most consider beans to be a good source of fiber and for Vegetarians, a good source of iron and protein. However, some beans, peas and legumes can contain as much as 43 grams of carbs! Isn’t that crazy? Beans aren’t a bad food! They are a great source for healthy blood regulation support. Just make it a point to be conscientious of your serving sizes.
People like to eat protein bars because they are a quick source of fuel for their bodies. Some prefer to eat them because they mentally connect them to “healthy eating”. Are they healthy? Yes and no. It’s a conflicting answer because there are so many different bars on the market. Bars that are high in sugar, low in fat, low in sodium, but high in fiber. These bars all normally have one thing in common and that is the carb content. Why are they filled with carbohydrates? It’s because these bars originated as a go-to fuel source for the body. They were originally made for people with active lifestyles who needed to receive nutrients, without slowing down.
I had one of my husband’s friends come over to our house for dinner one night and he was talking to us about how he hadn’t had carbohydrates in over a year. At one point he said, “Yeah, I really love French fries, but I know they are carbs. So I have stuck to sweet potatoes instead.” I had to let him know that he wasn’t exactly right. I made sure to acknowledge that he had been making a great decision by not eating French fries. But, if he was only eating sweet potatoes in their place because he thought they didn’t have carbs, that wasn’t correct. In fact, sweet potatoes are just one, giant carb. Don’t worry, though. Sweet potatoes are the good carbs. BUT remember, just because they are considered to be a good and healthy carb, they should still be consumed in moderation.
Smoothies are most often consumed as a meal replacement for people who are trying to be healthy or lose weight. Unfortunately, if you are using smoothies this way, you may be doing yourself more harm than good. Smoothies are (as most know) packed full of fruit and extra sugars. Not only is the extra sugar a no-no, but those fruits? They are good for you in moderation but they, like sweet potatoes are each one big carb! Carbs that turn into sugar in our bodies once they have gone through the digestive process. Surprising, isn’t it?
Well, now you have a little more information on the world of carbs! Some of this information you may have already known, but some may have caught you by surprise. Use the knowledge you have just gained and start applying it to your weekly meal plans. Remember that carbs are needed for the body to use as an energy source, but we want to stick to the non-refined carbohydrates. Unrefined carbs include whole grains, fruits, vegetables and beans which are minimally processed and rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber.