Carbohydrates are one of our macronutrients, and it's very important to get the right amount and from the right sources. For some time carbs were viewed as bad for our bodies, and"no or low carb diets" were all the craze.
The idea that carbs are bad has been debunked, considering that our bodies draw anywhere from 45 to 60 percent of our energy from carbohydrates. Consuming low amounts of carbs can lead to energy loss and can really hurt your body in the long run, so be sure to include them in your diet, but remember it's important to choose the correct sources for your carb intake.
Whole grains are one of the best sources for getting solid carbohydrates. These types of grains have not had their bran or germ removed from milling, thus giving them a much higher nutritional value. Whole grains are a much better source of fiber, and they're a good source of other prime nutrients such as potassium and magnesium.
Refined grains are what we more commonly refer to as processed grains. This means that these grains have gone through a milling process, and a good portion of their nutrients have been removed in an attempt to increase shelf life. These grains can make it difficult for your body to regulate it's blood sugar levels, and they're also what we refer to as 'bad carbs'. The most common sources of these are some breakfast cereals, white bread, crackers, and white rice. It's best to avoid these if possible.
If you're looking for some whole grains to work into your diet that will give you the carbs your body craves, try some classics like brown rice, whole grain or whole wheat bread, or whole grain oatmeal.
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Justin Shaw is a Marketing & Communications Associate for Darlington.