It’s a carb-spiracy!

For years, there have been many differing opinions on carbohydrates being healthy or unhealthy. Often cast in a bad light, carbohydrates — one of the basic food groups — are important to having a healthy body.

So the question is:

Are carbohydrates good or bad? The answer is: they’re both.


What are Carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates are one of three macronutrients which provide the body with energy, vital for the body to properly function. Along with the other macronutrients – protein and fats, our body produce carbohydrates (in the form of glycogen), which is stored in the body and converted to glucose to provide energy. 

 

What are the types of Carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates are categorised into:

Complex Carbohydrates  Simple Carbohydrates
  • More complicated chemical structure
  • Takes longer for the body to break down
  • Smaller molecules
  • Quick to break down
Why are they good? Why are they bad?
  • High in fibre and nutrients
  • Help you feel full with fewer calories   
  • Naturally stimulates metabolism
  • Aids your digestive tract
  • Low in fibre and nutrients 
  • Feel hungry faster
  • Rapidly digested and converted to fats
  • Spikes and crashes in blood sugar


 

 

Complex Carbohydrates Simple Carbohydrates
  • Low Glycemic Index (GI)        
  • Digested and absorbed slower
  • Produce a gradual rise in blood sugar level   
  • Promote satiety and control appetite and hunger  
  • High Glycemic Index (GI)
  • Digested and absorbed quickl
  • Produce a rapid fluctuation in blood sugar level (sugar crash)
  • Brings on feeling of fatigue and hunger