Carbohydrates are bad for your weight, right? They’re also bad for your health. They cause sugar spikes and lead to a higher risk of Type II diabetes.
Well while some of that is true, not all carbohydrates are bad. In fact, carbohydrates are a necessary part of your diet. You just need to choose the right types. Yes, there are some that will cause spikes in the blood sugar, but others can offer sustained energy levels throughout the day.
It’s time to step away from the myths and learn the facts about carbs. Here’s a look at everything you need to know, plus the best intake guide for your body.
Your Body Needs Carbs for Energy
Let’s get one thing straight. Carbohydrates are necessary for energy. They’re your body’s primary source of energy, especially short bursts of it. Sure, there are people who tell you that carbs are bad and you don’t need the short bursts of energy that you gain from them, but that’s not quite true.
But there are some carbs that are better than others.
There are two types of carbs: simple and complex. You want the latter. The complex carbs are those that are made up of starchy or fibrous goodness, helping to avoid sudden spikes in your blood sugar levels. The great news is a lot of your favorite foods are still on the table because they are made up of complex carbs.
Even better news is there are good substitutes for most simple carbs, making your other favorite (usually considered unhealthy) foods still allowed within your healthier lifestyle.