There has been a rumour going around since the beginning of time that carbohydrates make you fat.
However, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
The key to optimal health is eating every food group in moderation. Your body needs protein, fats, water and carbohydrates.
Another rumour is that “all carbs are bad.”
But there are different types of carbs you should know about.
First things first, carbohydrates are one of three macronutrients found in food. (The other two are fat and protein.)
“Macronutrients” refers to the nutrients that form the majority of our diet.
And the truth is, it’s rare to find a food that contains just one nutrient. Most foods have a combination of carbohydrates, fats and proteins in different amounts.
In terms of carbs, there are three types that you can find in food.
Carbohydrates should generally be used for the following purposes.
When excess carbs aren’t being used for these purposes, your body will store them as fat.
To prevent this from happening, you should regulate your carbohydrate intake.
Your best bet is to eat carbohydrates around your exercise regime — but only if it’s the right type of carb.
Also, it’s worth mentioning that you can fill up on vegetables for any meal.
How come? Well, they’re full of ber, which maintains your blood sugar, alleviates your cravings and keeps you feeling fuller for longer.
According to government healthy eating advice, just over a third of your diet should be made up of the starchy foods we talked about earlier.
(Quick refresher: these are potatoes, bread, pasta and rice — to name a few!)
Another third should be fruit and vegetables.
Essentially, this means that over half of your daily calorie intake will consist of starchy foods, fruit and vegetables.
So, do carbohydrates make you fat? Well, any food can be responsible for weight gain if you eat too much of it.
Whether you have a diet high in fat or carbs, consuming more energy than your body uses will cause you to pile on the pounds.
The key is to realise that not all carbs are the same. It’s the type, quality and quantity of carbohydrate in our diet that counts.