Why You Need Carbs:
The predominant carbohydrate used in the body is glucose. Glucose in the blood is called blood sugar and is a major fuel source for most cells of the body. The muscles store glucose in the form of glycogen for endurance.
The brain relies on glucose to meet its energy needs. Unless the diet supplies adequate carbohydrates, the body’s metabolism switches to a starvation mode, in which body fat is burned to meet most energy needs. To fuel the brain during starvation, glucose is synthesized from amino acids obtained by the breakdown of muscles.
You can see why the right kind of carbohydrates are essential for a balanced body.
The problem with understanding carbohydrates is classification.
For simple distinction, there are three categories of carbohydrates:
- Complex – Cereal grains such as wheat, rice, rye, millet, sorghum and corn. Beans and seeds of legumes contain 40 percent of their weight as starch. Complex carbohydrates occur in plants as starch and fiber.
- Simple - Sucrose, dextrose, fructose and corn syrup or anything on a label ending in -”ose.” Simple carbohydrates are referred to as sugars.
- Refined or Processed – Sugar and white flour are highly purified materials, containing little, if any, of the nutrients found in the whole food from which the carbohydrate was prepared; therefore, they supply mainly calories.
Why We Don’t Eat Smart?
There has been lot of confusion about carbs which has scared some, but another reason is that we don’t know how to COOK complex carbohydrates properly.
- Click here to learn all about Millet and how to cook it: Millet
- Click here to learn How to Cook Quinoa
- Click here to learn 7 Ways to Avoid Gas from Beans
ENJOY YOUR BRAIN FOOD!
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