When it comes to eating healthy, carbohydrates are the ones that get all the bad reputation. In recent times with the popularity of fad diets on the rise, carbohydrates have been considered the cause of all evils. But it is a lesser-known fact that carbohydrates are vital to the functioning of the brain and a well-balanced diet recommends at least 45%-65% of daily calories to be carbohydrates. They are the body's primary source of energy and power organs like the liver, kidneys, and heart. They help us feel full after a meal. But, why did they get a bad reputation?
The answer lies in the fact that over the years we have been consuming refined carbohydrates which contain almost no fiber and cause immediate spikes in blood glucose levels. Most of our favorite foods today like noodles, pasta, burgers, pizzas, etc are made from refined carbohydrates. They digest faster and in the long run cause obesity and diabetes. Other examples of carbohydrates that have a similar effect on the body are starches like potatoes, tapioca, etc.
The key to eating healthy is not by avoiding carbs but by replacing them with complex carbs. Complex carbs are unrefined and contain a high amount of fiber along with other micronutrients. They not only keep us full for longer but also help us meet several other daily nutrient requirements like iron, calcium, etc. Super grains like Quinoa, Amaranth, Ragi, Sorghum, Millets, etc. are some examples of complex carbohydrates. Refined white flour is one of the common examples of simple carbohydrates that leads to long-term lifestyle disorders like obesity and diabetes. So, carbohydrates aren't evil, simple carbohydrates are. Not all carbs are created equal! Switch to super grains and super carbs today!