One group pushes carb consumption as the means to weight loss, while the other opposes this and claims that carbs are the main reasons that Americans face an obesity epidemic. Some assert that some carbohydrates are “good” and some are “bad” and there’s a clear distinction between the two. And they aren’t entirely wrong.
You might wonder what “bad carbs” are. Think cakes, cookies, crackers, white rice, white bread, potatoes. They are the perfect examples and because they are rapidly digested, they won’t stay inside for long, and you’ll soon feel hungry again. On the other hand, the “good carbs” are digested and absorbed slowly, making you feel full for longer periods of time. The latter type is exceptionally healthy for diabetes patients because they can help them maintain steady blood sugar levels.
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Carbs have gotten a lot of bad rap among the general population, especially people who have been desperately trying to lose weight for years. But, the fact is that this nutrient is essential to our health and wellbeing. All carbs, fiber excluded, are transformed into blood sugar, glucose whose main function is to provide energy to our bodies. Glucose also possesses some secondary functions like:
1. Sparing of protein by preventing it from being used as a source of energy, thus leaving it available for the creation of body tissue and the proper functioning of essential body processes.
2. Fat metabolism, i.e. carbs help you burn fat.
3. Making foods sweeter and adding flavor by improving the foods’ palatability.
If you’ve been interested in weight loss science, chances are you’ve already heard of the Atkins or the South Beach diet. Many snack food producers are developing low-carb versions of their products, which are marketed as having half the amount of carbs and calories of the regular beverage, but still with the same great taste.
A possible connection between breast cancer and carb consumption
It is certain that a diet high in complex carbs like fresh fruits, legumes, vegetables and whole grains doesn’t cause breast cancer. The mainstream media, by combining highly refined foods, such as sugars and processed flours, and natural carbs, such as vegetables, starches, and fruits together, is creating false alarms when they cover some new study.