Carbohydrates are a preferred source of energy and this energy is vital in order to thrive, function, work, workout etc. Carbohydrates form glycose when broken down and glucose is a fundamental fuel for all of the body’s functions. Carbohydrates are not your enemy and here are 5 reasons that aim to convince you:
They can help us sleep and be happy
Fibre plays a vital role in digestive health and also provides us the essential “good” bacteria in our gut. These good bacteria help us properly absorb nutrients from food, control appetite, support detoxification, boost our immune system, and can even affect our mood. Certain carbohydrate-based plant foods such as, berries, olives, flaxseeds, red wine (and even dark chocolate!) are particularly rich in polyphenols, that highly support these good bacteria!
They provide energy (brain food)
Carbs, broken down into glucose, are an essential source of fuel for our brain! Our brain relies on carbs and if it isn’t getting enough glucose, our concentration and decision making and recalling may all be affected.
They are not the same as sugar
Complex carbohydrates such as, fruit and vegetables, wholegrains, beans, legumes and nuts, contain more nutrients than simple carbohydrates. They are higher in fibre and are digested and absorbed by your body more slowly, making you feel full, and therefore they are a great option for a weight control diet. They are a fantastic source of energy so there’s no need to avoid them!
They preserve muscle mass
Consuming a low-carbohydrate diet, that restricts your intake of wholegrains, certain vegetables and most fruits. An energy-low diet that results from restricting carbohydrates can lead your body to start breaking down protein for energy, a process called gluconeogenesis.
As your body utilizes protein for energy, the amino acids from these proteins can’t be used to build muscle (or support other important functions). If you want to gain muscle mass, it is important to include both protein and carbs in your diet.
Low-carb foods are sometimes worse for you.
Following a diet plan, that restricts your intake of most fruits and vegetables as well as foods that are high in vitamin B, vitamin C, magnesium, beta-carotene, as well as other vital nutrients found in foods rich in carbohydrate. Consequently, your diet may be particularly low in vitamins, antioxidants and minerals.