Carbohydrates are one of the three macro nutrients and is the main source for energy used by our brain and body for functions like breathing, digestion, heartbeat, and activity! That is why we affectionately refer to leg day as a great day, you need to get a few more carbs in you the night before, like PIZZA! In moderation!!!!!
What foods have carbs in them, well if it is not a fat or a protein you’re on the right track. Carbs can be found in the following.
- All Grain and grain products
Fruits and juices
Milk and dairy products
- Sweets and deserts
So which carbs are healthy to eat in moderation? Well with the right moderation an argument could be made for them all, but here are some of my recommendations.
- Brown rice
Whole grains, I like brown rice pasta better than whole wheat pasta!
Oats, a great part of breakfast could be steel cut oats!
Quinoa, natures answer to the vegetarian complete protein, but yes it has carbs!
Bananas and Pineapple, I think of them as superfoods like Quinoa and avocado!
Which carbs are less healthy to eat, well…..
- Sugary beverages, a can of regular soda has about 1 teaspoon of sugar per ounce!
Pies, yes even the home made fresh fruit ones!
Cakes and doughnuts
White flower products, they have stripped away the bran and germ, what’s left is poor nutritionally
Convenience foods, most anything in a wrapper that and ingredients on it. But that is why we say read the label.
What about healthy natural sugars in foods vs added sugar?
Sugar naturally occurs in fruit, milk, yogurt, beans, and vegetables. There is little need to worry about the natural sugar in foods, there is fiber which will slow down the bodies consumption of them.
Added sugars what we sometime refer to as the hidden sugars nearly void of any important nutrients and are very calorie dense. These are the sugars that must be limited and in some cases eliminated.
It is important to read and understand labels to find the hidden and or added sugar! Popular names will include:
Dextrose (see a pattern here)?
Evaporated cane juice
High Fructose Corn Syrup
So I hope you have a little better understanding of Carbohydrates now and remember, any questions please ask. If we don’t know the answer we will not misinform you, we will research if needed and bring you hard facts! We at Baer Fit are committed to your self-improvement!