Carbohydrates are one of the main types of nutrients. They are the most important source of energy for your body. Your digestive system changes carbohydrates into glucose (blood sugar). Your body uses this sugar for energy for your cells, tissues and organs so it is important that we get these in our body, however there are negative factors about having too many carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates can be either simple (nicknamed “bad”) or complex (nicknamed “good”) based on their chemical make up and what your body does with them. Complex carbohydrates, like whole grains and legumes, contain longer chains of sugar molecules; these usually take more time for the body to break down and use. This, in turn, provides you with a more even amount of energy.
***The higher in sugar and lower in fibre, the worse the carbohydrate is for you.***
The most important simple carbohydrates to limit in your diet include:
– Fizzy drinks.
– Artificial syrups.
– White rice, white bread, and white pasta.
– Potatoes (which are technically a complex carb, but act more like simple carbs in the body).
– Pastries and desserts.