Has anyone ever told you that carbs are bad for you? I have certainly heard that. Whether someone has directly said it to you, or whether you have heard that “low carb diets are better for you,” you have probably been exposed to some variation of this myth. So, are carbs really bad for you?
No way! Our bodies need carbs! In order to fuel our bodies functions, we need glucose. What is glucose? In simple terms, it’s sugar. How does our body get this glucose that it needs to function? Through our diets. Whenever you eat a carb (and there are many different forms, but that’s a bit in the weeds for today) your body will break it down and process it until it becomes glucose (or a form of glucose). This glucose will then be stored and used for everyday functions such as brain activity, walking, working out, playing with the kids, etc.
Yes, your body stores glucose. These stores WILL NOT make you fat. Your body will store in accordance with what it needs. It is when you consume TOO MANY. Carbs that you will begin to store them as fat.
DISCLAIMER. This is not an excuse to eat a bag of chips and a box of cookies, washed down with a Coke. Quite the opposite. When I mentioned that excess stores will be stored as fat, we are talking about consuming more carbs than your body uses. Highly processed and refined foods tend to be packed with refined sugar (carbs), that will be easy to overeat on. 1 cookie has around 80-100 calories. How many times have you eaten just 1 cookie? That coke you washed it down with, check the label because you likely just chugged 30+ grams of carbs, all in the form of refined sugar.
Carbs are not bad for you, quite the opposite actually, they are vital for our human body to function. They will not make you fat either, overeating will make you fat, no matter what the source of the calories are from. Avoid highly processed foods and refined sugar to avoid adversely affecting your health through your diet. The impact these items can have over the long term is scary.
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