A lot of people always ask me, if they have to stop eating carbohydrates to put off weight. With this article I want to help you to answer this question on your own.
First of all I am going to give you some basic Information about carbohydrates. They are a popular organic compound in nature and are also playing a very important part in human nutrition. Carbs are also called saccharides. While they’re different in taste, appearance and characteristics they are all built the same way. That’s because pretty much all of them have the same component, monosaccharide. With that being said you can divide all carbs as follows:
- Monosaccharide (e.g. glucose)
- Disaccharide (e.g. maltose)
- Oligosaccharide (e.g. stachyose)
- Polysaccharide (e.g. dextrin, glycogen)
So I’ll just leave it there, I’m not going to go any deeper, I just wanted to give you some background information first. When talking about carbs, one also has to talk about dietary fibres, which are the non-digestible organic compounds in our food. They are called that way because of their fibrous structure. Mostly they are the structural substance of edible plants, from which most of them belong to the family of the carbs.
Eating enough dietary fibres is the key for a functioning digestive system. A lack of dietary fibres can bring along diseases like overweight, high cholesterol level, diabetes mellitus type 2, constipation and stomach cancer. Here are some more benefits:
- Long lasting feeling of satiety
- Better digestion
- Building a healthy intestinal flora
- Slower blood sugar increase
So to wrap this all up, let’s talk about the task carbs have in our body. Their main task is to supply us with energy. Our brain cells as well as certain blood components and nerve cells can only get their energy from glucose. Around 45-55% of energy needed per day should come from carbs. Most of the carbs consumed should be complex carbs, such as wholemeal products, potatoes, legumes, fruits and vegetables. If our body doesn’t get enough carbs it will start taking proteins. Which again is no good because then the proteins can’t fulfil their actual task.
By now I’m guessing you know where my answer to eating carbs or not is leading. My advice for you is to start eating and most importantly being healthy. I don’t really care much about diets and I most certainly would never advice anyone to go on a diet. Start eating wholefoods and cut out all the crap. By cutting out carbs you’re not doing yourself a favour and in the long-run you won’t be healthy either. What’s more important is the amount and the quality of carbs you’re eating. To end this article with, here’s a list of all the healthy carbs, which from now on should be on your menu:
- Whole-grain bread
- Whole-grain pasta
- Whole-grain cereals (Müsli)
- Sweet Potatoes
- Brown Rice
- Legumes (lentils, chickpeas, beans)
- Vegetables (especially the green ones)
- Fruits (be careful though, they do have a lot of sugar)