Dr. Matthew Hamby of Hamby Chiropractic & Wellness in Rincon, Georgia writes on the bad rep carbs frequently get in today's society.

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The LowDown On Carbs

CarbohydratesHave you been working hard to steer away from carbs? If so, do not fret because you are not alone. Many people believe carbs are the enemy. In fact, carb-restricted eating plans are the new trend these days. However, ruling out an entire food group can be risky and an oversimplification. Indeed, according to research performed at Yale University choosing the most nutritious kind of carbohydrates can improve your health and actually help you slim down. The first step to this new line of thinking is reconsidering everything you have heard about carbs.

Here are three common misconceptions:

A Carb Is a Carb. When you eat carbs your body breaks them down into glucose (sugar) and releases it into your bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, your pancreas responds by releasing insulin, which transports the glucose into cells. The higher your blood sugar levels, the more insulin circulates throughout your body. This can cause problems because too much insulin can damage cells, increase your risk for heart disease, increase your risk for diabetes, and trigger the body to store excess amounts of glucose as fat. 

Complex Carbs

However, not all carbs cause a major spike in blood sugar. On the one hand, refined carbs such as white rice and white flour send your blood sugar through the roof. Complex carbs, on the other hand, are full of starch and fiber, which means they take more time to digest. This means they provide a steadier stream of blood sugar. These types of carbs can be found in legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain rice or pasta. 

Carbs Are Bad For Your Body. If you are eating lots of candy and soda-pop, then yes, your carb intake needs to change. But you do not need to cut back on all carbs. Despite their bad reputation, carbohydrates promote many health benefits. First, they help fuel your brain, kidneys, heart, muscles, and nervous system. None of which you could live without because they are vital components. Second, they aid in digestion, help you feel full, keep your cholesterol in check, and ease constipation. Third, they help fight against and prevent illnesses. 

Refined Carbs

So the question becomes, how many carbs should you consume? Well, the answer varies for everyone. But the general rule is you can eat as many carbs as you like if they come in the form of 

  • asparagus,
  • broccoli
  • celery
  •  pears
  •  kiwis
  • oranges

As for foods such as sweet potatoes and bananas they are best eaten in moderation. 

Carbs Pack On Extra Pounds. Too much of any food group can lead to an increase in weight. The key is to choose the complex carbs over the refined carbs. 

The point is not all carbohydrates are bad. Complex carbs boast many health benefits while refined carbs can cause a lot of damage. The key is to be smart, healthy, and self-controlled when eating. Again, too much of anything can be potentially bad for you. On top of that, remember it is essential to exercise regularly and see a chiropractor routinely in addition to eating right in order to maintain a healthy life. 

For more information or to schedule a chiropractic appointment visit www.hambychiro.com or call 912-826-4444.

Resources:

Health Magazine

September 2019 Edition

Pgs. 61-62

Camille Noe Pagán

www.health.com

 

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