Are Carbohydrates Evil?
By King Conall
Many dieticians and health experts have warned against the unhealthy aspects of a diet high in carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates are components of most foods, healthy and unhealthy.
They are found in breads and pastas as well as in whole fruits and vegetables.
It is simply a term used to refer to chemical compounds in foods and tissues that include sugars, starch, and fiber.
The odds are that you’ve probably heard of this common carbohydrate.
Sugar itself comes in both natural and processed forms and includes syrups and fruits.
Despite all of the negative connotations around the word, “sugar,” foods containing sugar can and should be a part of a healthy diet.
Common sugars include fructose, glucose, lactose, and sucrose.
These are all found in different types of food and have different levels of health attached to them.
The current consensus on sugar is that natural sources of sugar, such as fruit, milk, and honey, are healthy in moderation, but that refined sugars should be avoided or eaten in smaller amounts.
Overconsumption of sugar is also associated with a propensity for type two diabetes.
Starches are found in grains, like oats, barley, and rice, in beans, and in certain starchy vegetables such as peas, corn, and potatoes.
These, in particular, are the kinds of “high-carb” foods that dieticians often warn us against.
When we talk about grains being high in starch, it’s important to know which parts of the grain are starchy and which are less so.
A grain contains the bran, the germ, and the endosperm.
The bran is the outer hard shell of the grain.
It contains vitamin B, a lot of fiber, and other nutrients.
The endosperm is the soft center part of the grain that contains the starch.
This is the part of the grain that many diet experts say that we should avoid.
Choosing whole grain foods is the best way to minimize the amount of endosperms of the grain that are in your diet and maximize the amount of bran and germ.
There has been a debate whether whole grains are really healthy for you or not but for now I will classify them as a healthy choice.
Clearly, lumping all forms of carbohydrate together into one group is not an accurate way to judge this diverse group of nutrients.
The best way to have a healthy balance of carbohydrates in your diet is to eat high-fiber and low-starch and stick with natural forms of sugar.
Good luck in striking the perfect balance of healthy carbs in your diet!
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