I always hear people talking about carbs, how carbs are bad for you and how you shouldn’t eat them. But, there’s a difference in carbs. I find many people don’t acknowledge the difference and don’t realize there are some good carbs out there.
To start, let’s talk about what a carbohydrate actually is. A carbohydrate is a compound found in foods that contain sugars or starches. It can be broken down to release energy.
A good carbohydrate has a slower rate of absorption which means you don’t get the spike insulin, but rather it helps maintain more natural insulin levels. It’s also not processed and is only one ingredient. Think of the produce section in the market you shop – fruits and veggies.
A bad carbohydrate is just the opposite. When eaten, it gives a drastic increase in insulin in the blood which can sometimes cause jitteriness and the crash later on. This drastic increase can cause more fat stores. Why? Because insulin is the hormone that helps create the fat stores. Remember, fat doesn’t necessarily make you fat, carbohydrates can.
Now you’ll see from my picture above that I’ve got a picture of both. On the left, we’ve got cherries. All natural, organic, one ingredient and there is a lot less in the bag, so portion control comes into play. On the right, we have cheese crackers. Processed, definitely not organic and look how much is in that bag?! Clearly different, right?
So what do the bad carbs do to your body? As I mentioned before, bad carbs cause the spike in insulin, then resulting in the additional fat stores. I know this first-hand and am trying to fix it now. I myself am what is known as a “carbaholic”, or someone that loves carbs and am obsessed. Thinking back on my life, growing up I loved pasta, cookies, crackers…you get the picture. Now that I know the difference, it’s helped me not be so afraid of eating fruit and vegetables.
One of my favorite lists comparing the good carbs versus the bad carbs is on my Pinterest page. On that same board, you can find many ideas for clean snacks, food swaps and much more. Make sure to connect with me on Pinterest as new content is always being posted. I’m sharing this message about carbs today because I want to help you avoid or counteract what these bad carbs can do to your body. Now that you know there’s a difference, feel comfortable choosing the good carbs when you’re doing your shopping.