What Do Carbohydrates Do? Are They Good Or Bad For You?

by Karen Brooks on May 15, 2010


What do carbohydrates do? Are they good or bad for you? These two questions seem to be the million dollar questions. Because of the various low carb diets millions of people everywhere are becoming carb conscious including myself. Since I have asked myself what do carbohydrates do and are they good or bad for me. I have done some research to answer these questions and I am going to share with you what I have found.

The answers to the questions are very simple; What do carbohydrates do? They are a source of energy. Are they good or bad for you? Yes and yes, they are both good and bad for you. To meet your nutritional needs and reduce the risk of chronic disease adults should get 45% – 65% of their calories from carbohydrates.

Understanding carbohydrates is not that hard. There are good carbs (complex carbs) which are whole grains, vegetables, fruits and beans. These carbs are absorbed slowly and avoid spikes in blood sugar. Also, good carbs also gives us fiber which important to our diet. Then there are bad carbs (simple carbs) which come from sugars, added sugars and refined white grains.

What do carbohydrates do. If you have a meal that is made up of simple carbs you will spike your blood sugar and your body will then have to secrete insulin into your blood to cause the sugar level to drop, including your energy. If you have a meal of complex carbs which takes longer to digest you will have long term energy.

My research also showed me that eating several small meals a day is much better for my body than eating three large meals a day. It speeds up my metabolism.

What do carbohydrates do?

They provide your body with a source or energy and fiber.

While doing my research on carbohydrates I found a diet that includes carbohydrates, teaches your portion control, allows you to choose the foods you like to eat. Actually this is not a diet, it is a change in eating habits. To learn more please go to my website

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