Okay, so there’s this big controversy on what constitutes a “good” carb - by carb I mean carbohydrate...those things that you eat that give your body fuel to run off of. Let's start by saying that there is a balance in all things. Today, we’re focusing on what a good carb is and where you can find them.
Carbohydrate intake will largely depend on a specific individual and how their body responds to any food or liquid. Not one of those “one size fits all” situations. Listen and respond to what your body is telling you.
So what are carbs, exactly? They're molecules that have carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen atoms. They’re a macronutrient that sits alongside protein and fat. In diet, carbs can be categorized into sugars, starches, and fiber. Carbs can be transformed into glucose (immediate energy) or fat (stored energy).
What are GOOD carbs? Carbs that have not been stripped of their natural fibers...think boxed foods. I'll get more specific:
Fruits and vegetables (not the ones doused in syrup and canned...Good carbs are FRESH fruits and vegetables)
Legumes: lentils, beans, etc.
Nuts: hazelnuts, peanuts, almonds, etc.
Seeds: chia seeds, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds etc.
Grains: whole grains are best! Quinoa, pure oats, brown rice, etc.
Tubers: sweet potatoes, potatoes, etc.
For contrast, here are examples of not-so-good carbs:
Sugary drinks like soda, energy drinks, sports drinks even have tons of sugar that you just don't need.
Concentrated fruit juices. Have you ever juiced an apple or orange fresh? Tastes way better and less sugary than store bought bottled juices.
Candies, cookies, cake...you see where I'm going with this right? One cookie? Sure. A whole box in one sitting? Not so much.
Store bought White bread, white rice...anything that usually says “refined” anywhere in the ingredient list.
To round things up, your individual carb intake is going to differ from any other person. You should keep in mind that good carbs are obviously going to do your body better. Im just scratching the surface here, for more info just email me!