There has been a lot of controversy about the health benefits of carbohydrates and fats in the human body. There are people that support low carb diets and people that support high carb diets. There are people that support low fat and people that say fats are not bad. Fats and carbs are important to our health and our bodies so it is very important that we know everything that we can about them.
Carbohydrates, or carbs, are the main energy supply for the human body. But there are carbs that are good for you and carbs that are bad for you. The good carbs are the complex carbs. These are carbs that are found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains – you can call them natural carbs. The reason that these carbs are good for you is because they are absorbed more slowly by the body and can give you sustained energy throughout the day. This is good because they provide you with long lasting energy without adding a boat load of calories.
The bad carbs are the carbs that most of us eat on a daily basis. These carbs are refined carbs that are found in candy, juices, sodas, and many other processed foods that we eat. These carbs are simple carbs that are absorbed quickly by the body. We get an initial surge of energy and then we crash. This is because the simple carbs are absorbed quickly by the body and produce energy only for a very short while.
Fats are important. The fact is that we all need fats. Fats help nutrient absorption, nerve transmission, and keep cell membrane integrity. Not all fats are made equally. There are good fats and bad fats. The good fats include monounsaturated fats and poly unsaturated fats. They help lower bad cholesterol while increasing good cholesterol. Foods that contain monounsaturated fats include nuts, walnuts, avocados, and olive oil. Foods that contain polyunsaturated fats include salmon, fish oils, corn, and sunflower oil.
There are bad fats also. These fats actually raise the bad cholesterol and lower the good cholesterol. These fats are called saturated fats and trans saturated fats. Foods that contain saturated fats include coconut oil, palm oil, and palm kernel oil. Foods that contain trans saturated fats include French fries, microwave popcorn, and hard stick margarine.
Stay away from processed and packaged foods as much as possible. These foods contain many of the saturated fats, trans saturated fats, and simple carbs. Eat more natural foods. They contain good fats and good carbs. Eating more naturally will lead to a healthier body and a healthier life.