Many people shy away from carbs because they think they’re bad for them. Certain carbs are but if you eat the right ones you’ll get a lot of healthy benefits. Avoid highly processed carbs, stick to natural whole carbs and you’ll be fine.
Benefits Of Carbs
Carbs can actually help with weight loss!
The right carbs contain quite a bit of fibre. Studies have shown that a diet high in fibre from fruits and vegetables help with weight loss.
Great source of energy.
Carbs contain glucose which is your body’s preferred source of energy.
They boost your mood.
Carbs help to increase serotonin, the feel-good hormone, in your brain. Eat the right carbs and you can help fend off depression and also be able to sleep better.
Carbs contain vitamins!
Carbs are a great source of vitamin B, which helps your body make energy from food and helps you make red blood cells. Fruits and vegetables contain vitamin C which helps keep your immune system strong.
Helps build muscle.
Building muscle takes a lot of energy and carbs help provide that energy that you need to get through your workouts.
Helps with muscle recovery.
Eating carbs after a workout will help with muscle recovery. Try pairing a high glycemic carb such as a banana with some protein after your workout.
Eat The Right Carbs
Not all carbs are created equal. The best carbs to have are ones that have not been processed (or are minimally processed). Go for fruits, vegetables, brown rice, quinoa and whole grains (if you’re not sensitive to them). Avoid overly processed packaged foods. Remember – if it’s not natural don’t eat it!