If you have been limiting your carb intake, you don’t need to. The body runs on carbs or glucose to fuel the muscles, liver and the brain. But there may be some of you that are worrying about weight gain. Well, you can control your intake to some extent but don’t deprieve your body of carbs altogether.
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Experts at Harvard say that whenever we eat a food that contains carbs, insulin is secreted by the pancreas and glucose is used as energy. “Dietary carbs provide the body’s primary energy source, glucose, which fuels everything you do, from breathing to thinking to running. Moreover, the Institute of Medicine recommends adults get 45% to 65% of their daily calories from carbs, which is 203 to 293 grams per day based on an 1,800 calorie daily diet,” said Harvard Men’s Health Watch. This simply means that half of everything we eat should be carbohydrates.
Vasanti Malik, a research scientist in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard said dietary carbohydrates come from nutrient-rich whole grains, legumes, nuts, fruits, vegetables and diary. Malik said it also comes from refined grains and sugary beverages. “Natural, unprocessed foods provide health-promoting vitamins, minerals, fibre and phytochemicals along with carbs.” Malik explained that highly processed foods made with refined flour such as pasta, white bread, muffins and crackers fall short on nutrients. “Carbohydrates in their natural packaging are an excellent choice for health, while refined carbs, which currently make up a large and growing part of our diet, are not.”
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Another expert said ones energy levels is the key indicator that he or she may need more carbs. For example, you may wake up feeling as if you have not slept or the feeling of going to the gym makes you tired. The question that arises is ‘are you feeding yourself enough carbs?’
Rather than limiting your carbs, enjoy it in your diet and give yourself the much needed boost you need, than opting for energy drinks.