Just to be clear — not all carbohydrates are created the same. For one, carbohydrates are a macronutrient meaning that we as humans need this type of nutrient to survive because it is an important source of energy for our bodies. The way that carbohydrates are turned into energy is through our digestive system which turns the carbs into glucose or blood sugar. This blood sugar is what gives us energy to all parts of our body which includes cells, organs and tissues.
The thing that we need to be watchful for though is to make sure we eat the right kinds of carbohydrates. Refined carbohydrates are made when the whole plant itself is broken down and processed so that there is little to no nourishment left for our bodies to use as energy. This lack of nourishment causes high rises in blood sugar leaving us feeling like a nap is necessary after lunch because of the “high/low” we sometimes get throughout the day instead of the “steadiness” that we seek for a productive day.
What are some of those refined carbohydrates that have been created by our industrialized world and why should we avoid them? Be sure to read labels and look out for those bad sugars, like:
- High fructose corn syrup
- Table Sugar
- Pretty much any sugar added to a food is not a good choice
Instead, have a little honey in your coffee or try using a little almond milk to sweeten it.