Among all the nutrients that our body needs there are certain macronutrients like carbohydrates, fats and proteins which the body cannot produce itself. Ironically, people try to exclude certain nutrients from their meals, especially carbohydrates. And a lot has to do with the very popular myth that carbohydrates are harmful to the body. Is it true? Let’s take a closer look.
Our body uses carbohydrates to obtain glucose, which is the primary source of energy. Carbohydrates also help in the production of serotonin which is conducive in dealing with depression. Moreover, there are two types of carbohydrates – simple and complex. Fibre and starch are complex carbs while sugar is a simple carb, and the quality of a food is determined by the proportion in which these are present in it.
Simple carbohydrates produce bursts of energy as they get quickly digested and absorbed by the body. But on the down side, they also cause blood sugar levels to spike. On the contrary, complex carbohydrates get digested slower and provide us with sustained energy. Hence, our suggestion would be to load up your diet with complex carbohydrates and avoid the simple ones. Another important point would be to avoid empty calories like the ones found in soft drinks. These contain only carbohydrates and are void of other vitamins and minerals.
So yes, carbohydrates are very important for the body as they provide us with energy. But the sources that we opt to obtain them from may make or break our health.