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Are Carbohydrates Good Or Bad For You?

September 09, 2020

Are Carbohydrates Good Or Bad For You?

One key tenet of the science of healthy living is that a truly healthy lifestyle can be sustained for a lifetime. That is, it is safe (and highly recommended) to continue the habit forever.

Yet long-term adherence to a healthy diet is notoriously poor [1]. People today increasingly seek to lose and maintain weight via low- and no-carb diets that are not recommended for use longer than six months  [2, 3]. Additionally, though they can accelerate weight loss for some people, these kinds of diets may diminish overall health and decrease a person’s lifespan by up to four years [4].

“Talk The Talk” To Understand Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are macronutrients that naturally exist in high concentrations in some foods. This includes bread and grains, fruit, starchy vegetables, legumes, and dairy, as well as many healing plants and natural herbs. During digestion, the body breaks them down and converts the byproducts into blood sugar, fueling body and brain function.

Different Types Of Carbs Convert To Different Types Of Energy

Most healthy living experts label carbohydrates as:

  • Complex Carbohydrates: Complex carbohydrates occur naturally in starchy and whole-grain foods; they are the best possible source of stable energy [5].
  • Simple Carbohydrates: The naturally-occurring sugars in fruits, vegetables, and dairy products are unprocessed simple carbohydrates; they are a good source of short-term energy [5].
  • Refined Carbohydrates: Processed foods (like white bread and pasta) and artificially-sweetened foods contain refined/processed carbs; these have been stripped of nutrients and are “empty” (non-nutritious) calories [5].

The Keys To Making Sure Carbs Are Good For You

The truth is: Eating carbohydrates is an essential lifelong healthy living behavior. Carbohydrates are the body’s primary source of energy and are essential to sustaining a healthy body [6]. Yet it is important to follow recommended nutritional guidelines when it comes to carbs.

That is because, although both complex and simple carbohydrates support good health, a truly healthy eating habit primarily relies on the complex variety [5]. Likewise, refined carbohydrates do little to support healthy living so should be limited.

Key 1: Remember There Are “Right” & “Wrong” Carbohydrates

Negative outcomes attributed to carbohydrate intake (like obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease) are linked to refined (processed) carbohydrates; eating appropriate amounts of unprocessed carbohydrates yields opposite effects [7].

Key 2: “Too Much” Carbs Is Just As Bad As “Not Enough”

Carbohydrate deficiency leads to mental and physical weakness, dizziness, and difficulty maintaining muscle mass [8]. Yet carbohydrate overload — even of the right kind of carbs — can cause immediate bloating and moodiness, increased appetite and weight gain, and fatigue [9].

Key 3: You Can Feel When Your Carbohydrate Intake Isn’t Right

You can usually judge when carbohydrates are good for you by how quickly, how much, and for how long your blood sugar (as expressed by your feelings of energy and hunger) increases after eating [7].

Generally speaking, “good” meals yield a moderate, stable increase in blood sugar, which feels like:

  1. Sustained fullness lasting 2-3 hours;
  2. No post-meal fatigue or “food coma;”
  3. Sustained energy rather than a “sugar rush.”

This indicates that your body is digesting and metabolizing the carbs slowly, without causing an overload, ensuring that they have the greatest possible positive impact on your immediate and ongoing health.

Key 4: Even The Best Habits Can Use A Boost

The benefits of eating the right carbs can be amplified with the right natural supplements. For example, natural supplements derived from specific healing plants and natural herbs can be rich in B vitamins; these help the body break down and gain energy from carbohydrates more efficiently [10].

Canada Kratom Express

Here at Canada Kratom Express (, we promote a healthy lifestyle to reduce medical ailments such as pain, anxiety, and stress. All of our thoughts are based on research and are our personal opinions only—they should not be viewed as medical or health advice. We recommend people with underlying medical conditions to do their own research and take time to consult a health professional. Your health is the key to your happiness.

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