I figured it was about time I did another informative post since it’s been a couple of months (whoops, sorry). We’ve discussed the importance of veggies, we’ve discussed the importance of protein… now it’s time to discuss one of my personal favorites – CARBS.
First of all, there are two types of carbohydrates – Simple and Complex.
The easiest way to think about the two is that simple carbs are “junky carbs” and complex carbs are “right carbs.”
Simple carbohydrates are ones that you find in things such as soda, candy, baked goods and “processed foods.” After digestion, they immediately turn into sugar. This causes a spike of energy…. and then a crash. What fun is that?
Complex carbohydrates, on the other hand, take longer to digest. The fiber that is within complex carbs provides you with sustainable energy. These carbs can be found in things such as whole grains, vegetables and legumes.
A lot of “diets” promote a low carbohydrate intake. However, a “healthy” amount of carbs for adults and children alike is about 50% of your daily calorie intake.
The key is to make sure you’re eating the “right” carbs!