Are all carbs created equal?

Yeah I know you’ve seen it. I eat carbs. A lot of them. And this isn’t a necessarily a bad thing (different discussion for a different day), but I think some of us get caught up in only tracking carbs that we think a “carb is just a carb” when there’s much more to it than that.

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Cookies, doughnuts, candy – sure I can fit into my macros, but should I? For me, I’m trying to be more aware of my health. So mid-work out when I dive into the carb-loaded gummy bears sitting in my pantry (and dip them in ice cream) I know it’s completely void of any nutritional value. But that’s not to say that a good portion of my day isn’t focus on healthy, quality carbs.

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Quality carbs, like unprocessed whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables, deliver vitamins, minerals and fiber and promote good health with disease fighting nutrients. Basically they can lower your risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, certain cancer and diabetes. Whereas carbs that are high in refined sugars are low in nutrients and low in fiber. A good comparison is choosing whole grain bread vs white bread.

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I’m in no way saying carbs are bad, or don’t eat sugar. I’m only suggesting that by choosing healthy carbs, you can reap the benefits that “good” carbs can provide. What about you? Do you make a conscious effort to eat nutritious carbs?

 

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