7 Reasons Why We Shouldn’t Fear Carbs

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Thanks to Dr. Atkins, carbohydrates are largely the most bullied group on the food pyramid playground. Dieters can’t get enough of fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy, but carbs? Carbs make people fat, right? Wrong: That’s where dieters are very wrong. Carbs actually do a body good and give us the energy we need to live our lives, but they still get a bad rap, and that’s where consumers’ misunderstanding of the macromolecules comes into play. If chosen carefully, carbohydrates can deliver a number of health benefits and also help people maintain their weight. So whether dieters like to believe it or not, carbohydrates actually have a rightful place in any food regimen, no matter how strict.

First things first, though, we have to get a couple of things straight. Cereal, bread, and pasta are not the only carbs you can find in the grocery store. Carbs are more all-encompassing than you may think, and many more foods fall under the carb umbrella than many realize. Med-Health.net explains that carbs can be divided into three groups: sugar, starches, and fiber. Natural sugar, like the kind found in fruits and vegetables, represents the simplest form of carbohydrates, and it may be obtained in three forms: lactose, fructose, and sucrose. Starches are those sugar units bonded together, and naturally occurring starch can be found in rice, beans, peas, and other grains. Fiber is also made of bonded sugar, and fiber occurs in vegetables, whole grains, peas and dry beans, bran, soya beans, and more.

Do you still think you’ve completely sworn off carbs? It’s not all about saying no to pizza and bagels. If you really are on a no-carb diet, then you’re saying no to a whole lot more, and if you think you’ve failed, have no fear! As it turns out, carbs are friends, not foes, and here are seven reasons why.

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