Popular Myths About Carbohydrates

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January 23, 2019

Carbs are essential nutrients that supply your body with energy. However, a lot of people have misconceptions about carbs and what they can do or can’t do for your body.

In this article, you will learn a few of the most popular myths surrounding this necessary nutrient.

LOW-CARB DIETS ARE GREAT FOR LONG-TERM DIET PLANS

Contrary to popular belief, cutting out carbs isn’t the answer to losing weight consistently long-term. Most experts agree that weight loss from low-carb diets can actually be credited to the fact that you aren’t eating sugary, empty-calorie foods.

In fact, it is believed that much of the weight lost at the beginning of a low-carb diet is water weight. After a short while, low-carb dieters will begin to plateau in their weight loss efforts. A well-balanced meal, according to the experts, is the best way to lose weight long term.

ALL CARBS ARE FOUND IN BREADS, PASTAS, AND JUNK FOOD

A lot of people assume that cutting bread, pasta, and junk food will mean cutting carbs out of their life. But the truth is, carbs are found in nearly every food at different gram levels. Carbs can be found in higher amounts in fruits, beans, milk, and potatoes to name a few.

YOU SHOULDN’T EAT CARBS BEFORE YOU EXERCISE

It has been thought that carbs are found mostly in “heavy” foods, so it will make you feel sluggish and weigh you down during your gym time. However, carbs are essential for providing you with the energy you need to power through your work out each day.

Most experts suggest eating an hour or two before your workout to give your body time to metabolize your food and so that you don’t get sick on the treadmill!

CARBS ARE JUST SUGARS

While many carbs are added to nutrition labels thanks to added sugar and natural sugar, carbs are actually a good source of fiber. Many foods that contain fiber will have their fiber levels listed under the carbohydrate listing!

As you can see, there are so many misconceptions about carbohydrates. While some carbs can be bad for you, many of them are simply there to help fuel your body for what the day has in store for you, this is especially important in hotter climates like the Middle East where you burn through energy more quickly in the Arabian sun.

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