It's not much of a secret that carbohydrates are quite the controversial subject these days. Ketogenic diet enthusiasts aim to cut most carbs out of their diet completely, shying away from bread, sugary drinks, pastries, etc., for instance.
The primary purpose of carbohydrates in your diet is to translate into energy. Carbohydrates (most of them anyway) are turned into glucose or broken down. Glucose can be used as energy and leftover carbs can be turned into fat stored for later use. Therein lies the controversy.
Let's remember that not all carbs are created equal here.
Think about it this way: when you come across carbohydrates in their natural form (which will be rich in fiber), they are likely going to be healthy for you. Think of single-ingredient foods here.
The carbs that are good for you will come from vegetables (all veggies, actually), whole fruits (especially apples and bananas), legumes (lentils, beans, etc.), seeds, whole grains (oats, quinoa, brown rice, etc.), as well as tubers (sweet potatoes).
Carbs you'll want to avoid are the processed kind, which are low in essential nutrients, which equals bad for your metabolic health. White bread is an example of this. You'll also want to avoid soda pop, fruit juices, ice cream, pastries, candies, french fries, and potato chips.
Keep in mind that each person is different. When it comes to carbs, some may thrive on low carb diets while others may thrive on plenty of carbs. Do what works for you! If you have any lingering questions about your diet and are looking for ways to optimize your health, contact Optimal Health & Wellness Center today to schedule your consultation.