Carbs : The Bottom Line

You should eat them. 

Carbohydrates spare protein so that protein can concentrate on building,             repairing, and maintaining body tissues instead of being used up as an energy             source.

Carbohydrates must be present for fat to be metabolized properly. If there             aren’t enough carbohydrates, large amounts of fat are used for energy. (Why do people love to go on Carb-Free diets? It is a terrible idea.) The body is not able to handle this large amount so quickly, so it accumulates ketone bodies, which make the body acidic. This causes a condition called ketosis.

The basic message is simple when it comes to selecting the amount and type of carbohydrate foods.

  • Carbohydrate is the ONLY source of energy for the brain so it cannot be skipped. Carbohydrates should make up 45% – 65% of the total daily calories in a healthy diet. At least 130 grams of carbohydrates should be included in a diet to prevent ketosis. Whenever possible, replace highly processed/refined grains, cereals, and sugars with minimally processed whole-grain products.

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 Choose Often:  Whole Foods or Grains

squash, regular and sweet potatoes, brown rice, oats, bulgur, all root and regular vegetables, fruits, and legumes.

Choose Less Frequently : Processed Foods

breads, cereals, crackers, pancakes, muffins, bagels, pasta, white rice, fruit juice.

Choose Very Rarely: Sweets Snacks

pastries, donuts, candy, cake, pie, cookies, sugared cereals, soft drinks, table sugar, honey, ice cream, sherbet, fruit drinks, potato chips, pretzels, snack crackers

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