Carbs can either be your best friend or your worst enemy. While carbs, short for carbohydrates, are essential for the functioning of the human body, too many can lead to negative consequences. But what exactly are carbs, what types of food are they found in, what are their effects on your health, and how do you know how many cards are too many carbs? These are the top things you should know about carbohydrates:
What are Carbs?
Carbohydrates are usually considered your body’s most important source of energy. When you consume carbohydrates your body turns them into sugar in your blood (called glucose) That blood sugar is then readily accessible throughout your body so that when things like your muscles need energy, they get it from the sugar in your blood.
There are Good Carbs & Bad Carbs
Carbs are commonly found in foods such as breads, pastas, white rice, pastries, sugary drinks like soda, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Whether or not these carbs can be good for you largely depends on the food from which you get them. If you eat lots of vegetables, for example, chances are that you are consuming good carbs. Another rule of thumb is that complex carbohydrates tend to be healthier than simple carbohydrates.
They May or May Not Make You Gain Weight
Calories are the most important factor in terms of gaining weight. However, carbs may also play an important role. While many carbs are unlikely to substantially affect your weight loss efforts, high starch carbs may have an effect. Carbohydrates that are high in starch tend to contain more calories than other carbs. Therefore, you should limit your intake of these carbs or avoid them altogether. High starch carbs are commonly found in rice, potatoes, pasta and other starchy, carbohydrate-rich foods.
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