Truth About Carbohydrates
Hey guys and gals! Yes, I am starting to find myself up late again! I wanted to give you something to read tonight and into tomorrow.
It’s true! A carbohydrate-rich diet can inflate appetite and girth. Low-carb diets do promote short-term weight loss, but are you accompanied by some severe dangers. So what should you do? The truth is, you can consume carbs – it’s just a matter of how to chose them and use them!
Carbohydrates are the body’s ideal fuel for most functions. They supply the body with the energy needed for the muscles, brain and central nervous system. The human brain actually depends exclusively on carbohydrates for its energy.
Carbohydrates can be found in fruits, vegetables, beans, dairy, foods made from grain and sweeteners like sugar, honey and corn syrup.
The body converts digestible carbs into glucose, which is what our cells use for energy. Some simple carbs break down quickly into glucose while others that are complex break down slowly and enter the bloodstream gradually. This may give you a different insight into someone who is suffering with hyperglycemia. They are sometimes in need of a simple carbohydrate to break down quicker and get into the bloodstream such as a piece of hard candy (also simple sugar).
During digestion, all carbohydrates are broken down into glucose before they can enter the bloodstream where insulin helps the glucose enter the body’s cells. Some glucose is stored as glycogen in the liver and muscles for future use – such as the fuel and energy to workout. If there is extra glucose, the body will store this as fat.
You should know that there are Three Basic types of Carbohydrates:
1. Simple – Carbohydrates are composed of 1 or 2 sugar units that are broken down and digested quickly. This type should be monitored due to the nature that simple carbohydrate foods can cause extreme surges in blood sugar forcing the increase in insulin release. This can also elevate appetite and subsequently also elevate the body’s fat storage.
2. Complex – These carbohydrates are called Starch commonly. They are made up of many sugar units and are found in natural and refined form. An example of a natural form would be Brown Rice. The refined form example would be white bread. By design, this carb takes longer to be broken down and digested.
The effect on insulin levels with Complex carbs is much different than a simple carb. Complex carbs only trigger a moderate rise in insulin levels. They also stabilize appetite and result in fewer carbs stored as fat. Natural complex carbs like brown rice are absorbed slowly as well with digestion.
3. Indigestible – Our third type of carb is also known by a different name. That name is Fiber. The body is unable to break fiber down into small enough units for absorption. Because of this, Indigestible carbs are not an energy source for the body, however they do promote health in many other ways.
In my next post I will break down and tell you what you should know about low carb diets, the body’s reaction to these diets to include long term exposure.
Thanks for reading!