10 Reasons You Should Never Give Up Carbohydrates

The main function of carbohydrates is to provide the body and brain with energy. Just like your car needs fuel to make it run, your body needs carbohydrates to make it go.


10 Reasons You Should Never Give Up Carbohydrates
10 Reasons You Should Never Give Up Carbohydrates

What are carbs?
Carbohydrates are one of three macronutrients — along with proteins and fats — that your body requires daily. There are three main types of carbohydrates: starches, fiber, and sugars.

Starches are often referred to as complex carbohydrates. They are found in grains, legumes, and starchy vegetables, like potatoes and corn (Preferable carbs).



Sugars are known as simple carbohydrates. There are natural sugars in vegetables, fruits, milk, and honey. Added sugars are found in processed foods, syrups, sugary drinks and sweets (Avoidable Carbs).


10 Reasons You Should Never Give Up Carbohydrates



After you enjoy a meal, the carbohydrates from the foods you consumed are broken down into smaller units of sugar. These small units get absorbed out of your digestive tract and into your bloodstream. This blood sugar, or blood glucose, is transported through your bloodstream to supply energy to your muscles and other tissues. This is an important process; in fact, of the different functions of carbohydrates, supplying energy to the body is the main role. You should be getting at least 200 to 400 grams of carbs every day.


Still not convinced carbs are fine? Then pay attention to these 10 important benefits of eating carbs:



10 Reasons You Should Never Give Up Carbohydrates
1. Want to increase your IQ level, have carbohydrates:
Most of your body cells use the simple carbohydrate glucose for energy, but your brain is particularly in need of glucose as an energy source. So, we can add that an important function of carbs is supplying energy to the brain. If you have ever gone on a low-carb diet and felt like your brain was foggy for a few days, then you experienced just how important carbohydrates are to proper brain function.

Want to increase your IQ level, have carbohydrates



2. Carbs can help boost your mood:
Researchers suspect that carbs promote the production of serotonin, a feel-good brain chemical. In a study from the Archives of Internal Medicine, people who followed a very low carbohydrate diet for a year—which allowed only 20 to 40 grams of carbs daily, about the amount in just 1/2 cup of rice plus one piece of bread—experienced more depression, anxiety and anger than those assigned to a low-fat, high-carb diet that focused on low-fat dairy, whole grains, fruit and beans.

Carbs can help boost your mood



3. Carbs can help prevent weight gain—and even promote weight loss:
Researchers at Brigham Young University in Utah followed the eating habits of middle-aged women for nearly two years and found that those who increased their fiber intake generally lost weight. Women who decreased the fiber in their diets gained. Many carbohydrates contain dietary fiber, which is actually an indigestible complex carbohydrate.

Carbs can help prevent weight gain—and even promote weight loss:



4. Good for your heart:
Research suggests that increasing your soluble-fiber intake (a type of fiber found in carb-rich foods like oatmeal and beans) by 5 to 10 grams each day could result in a 5 percent drop in “bad” LDL cholesterol. Similarly, people who eat more whole grains (think brown rice, bulgur, and quinoa) also tend to have lower LDL cholesterol and higher “good” HDL cholesterol.

carbs Good for your heart:


5. Improved Sleep Pattern:
Foods rich in slow digesting carbohydrates also contribute to restful sleep, thanks once more to serotonin. In addition to improving your mood, the neurotransmitter serotonin also helps ensure you experience restful sleep. Diets that are low in carbohydrates have a harder time synthesizing serotonin, with insomnia a probable outcome. This is why milk is considered an effective nightcap, even though it is not the best carbohydrate option.


carbs Improved Sleep Pattern

6. Reduced Cancer Risk:
This is a catch-22 and depends a lot on which carbohydrates you opt for. While most people will think of things like potatoes when considering food options, there are in reality tons more of options that may have never crossed your mind. For example, onions, tomatoes, bell peppers and hundreds of vegetables can all be considered carbohydrates at their core, even though what they bring to the table are vastly different. And these are the carbohydrates you should be aiming for. These are loaded with anti-oxidants, and help to combat abnormal cellular growth. The high fiber nature of these foods also helps to promote waste and cholesterol removal. These wholesome carbohydrate foods also fight early-stage cancer, as the cells require glucose as their primary source of fuel. Consuming foods that very slowly convert to glucose can reduce the supply of nutrients to them, and cell death or apoptosis may occur.


7. Improved Digestion:
Getting enough fiber-rich carbohydrates can help prevent digestive problems, such as constipation and indigestion. Insoluble fiber, the type of fiber that doesn't break down during digestion, is also known as roughage. It pushes other food along your digestive tract, speeding up the digestive process. It also adds bulk to your stool, making it easier to pass bowel movements. Without sufficient intake of carbohydrates, you may not get enough fiber to keep your digestive system regular.



8. Improve Blood Pressure:
High blood pressure is one of the strongest known risk factors for stroke and heart disease. Lowering blood pressure is therefore considered a very important step to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. Studies indicate that LCHF diets lower blood pressure in individuals with overweight or obesity.

9. Increase Energy Levels:
Carbohydrates are the body’s primary energy source, as it is eventually converted in glucose which is necessary for the production of ATP- the energy currency used in our body. Diets low in carbohydrates need to take intermediate steps to facilitate the production of glucose, supplementing it with other alternative energy sources. If you are feeling lethargic, a meal with quality carbohydrates is usually sufficient to get you out the rut.

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10. Can Improve Your Lifespan:
Carbohydrate-rich foods stimulate the production of two anabolic hormones, insulin and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1). IGF-1 is involved in cellular recovery and rejuvenation and can help keep your cellular age well beyond what you chronologically are. Carbohydrates also stimulate growth hormone production, another key anti-aging hormone.



My Thoughts
Though there are many benefits of carbohydrates, you need to make sure you’re eating them in moderation. Though carbohydrates containing food groups boast a host of vitamins and minerals needed by the body, eating any food group in excess can result in weight gain. Consulting with your physician or registered dietitian can help you determine the amount of carbohydrate best for your health goals and existing health conditions. 


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