No ‘low carb’ diets here!
But what foods are actually good sources of carbohydrates? Whole food carbohydrates are the best source of energy for the body which will satisfy your hunger and get you more nutrients to help your body function optimally!
The average American gets 70% of his/her diet from processed carbohydrates. Take for example, your typically restaurant meal of a burger and fries. The bun contains wheat and other grains that are ground down to a point, which makes it very easy to digest. This is good for the food company because we can eat more without feeling full, since it moves through our digestive system fairly quickly. From a health perspective, this is bad because we overeat, since we don’t get a feeling of fullness when we should. Not only is the grain processed, but hydrogenated oils are added to preserve the bun and prevent molding quickly, and high fructose is added to enhance the flavor. It’s a trifecta of hazards to your health.
The fries are made from vegetables, yeah! However, the potatoes are fried to a point that any remnant of a potato is gone, and we are left with a stick of hydrogenated oil and salt.
The burger in this meal actually stands out as the healthiest item in the meal, ditch the bun and have a salad instead of the fries and you have a healthier option.
Not only do processed foods contain more chemicals, they have less nutrients and more calories than most whole foods. Plant carbohydrate sources also contain antioxidants, and are rich in vitamins that our bodies need. Because plant carbohydrates are whole foods, the body has to work harder to metabolize them and we actually burn calories as they are digested.
Good sources of Carbohydrates include:
Green leafy veggies, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries, apples, bananas, brussel sprouts, beets, sweet peas, mushrooms, cabbage and more fruits and veggies.
Most people think of breads and grains when they think ‘carbs’ so start changing your mindset. Reach for those colorful fruits and veggies for your carbs and you will feel full faster and have more energy!