2. We need carbs.
In fact, the three main nutrients that the human body needs for energy are carbohydrates, protein and fat.
Truth is, carbohydrate’s main function is to provide energy for the body.
That being said . . . all carbs are not created equal.
Biochemists usually classify carbs in one of two categories, simple carbohydrates (known as sugars) and complex carbohydrates (known as fibers and starches).
To gauge the impact of sugars and carbs on our body, scientists and nutritionists developed the glycemic index (GI), which assigns a number to each food depending on its ability to increase blood glucose levels. The lower the GI value of a carbohydrate, the less of an impact it has on blood sugar levels.
Foods with no carbs — such as beef, chicken, fish, eggs, herbs, and spices — and specific food components (like protein and fat) aren’t listed on the glycemic index because they don’t have any carbohydrates.
A big advantage to low-carb / high-protein eating is that it dramatically restricts carbohydrates and sugars and basically forces the body to burn fat since the body has very little of the sugary stuff that evolution has programmed it to burn through first.
Science tells us that eating low-glycemic, fiber-rich foods — peas, lentils, legumes, whole grains — in one meal, for example, can prevent blood sugar levels from spiking upward after eating the next meal.
Complex carbohydrates are found in such foods such as whole grains and vegetables.
Good examples of low-glycemic vegetables, beans, and legumes are: asparagus; broccoli; carrots; celery; chickpeas; green beans; kidney beans; lentils; lettuce; peppers; soybeans, spinach; tomatoes; and zucchini.
Fiber-rich complex carbs are the very best carbs to include in your carb-friendly diet, along with a protein source and good fats.
Simple carbs are the carbohydrates we have to be careful with, however, and being cautious about sugars is especially important for people with diabetes.
Examples of naturally occurring simple carbs include fructose (found in fruits and honey) and lactose (found in milk).
Added sugars are in the carb danger zone, however, and include glucose, maltose and sucrose.
They can be “hidden” in such sweeteners as rice malt syrup, high-fructose corn syrup and fruit-juice nectars, and they’re added to thousands of products, including candies, baked goods and soda.
Considering that carbohydrates should make up approximately 45% of our daily diet, we just need to be carb conscious and aim to include more of the healthiest carbs onto our plates.
Almased contains a small number of carbs from raw honey and, with the combination of high-protein, Almased is low-glycemic and supports energy and healthy blood sugar levels.
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