Carbohydrates have long been considered to be the worst enemy of people who are trying to lose weight. However, having a balanced diet is an important part of reaching your fitness goals.
So this means you need to have the right intake of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates if you want to nourish your body right.
In today’s blog, we’ll be debunking five infamous carb myths you need to stop believing. Let’s get started!
Myth #1: All Carbs are Unhealthy
Carbohydrates are one of the three main macronutrients that your body needs to produce energy and to function well. Some of the excellent sources of carbs include fruits, vegetables, grains, root crops, legumes and processed food like bread and pasta.
Apart from supplying your body with energy, you can also get vitamins and minerals from carb-rich food as well as fiber.
Myth #2: Carbs Make Your Fat
No matter what you hear, carbs themselves won’t make you fat. Weight gain is a result of over consumption of large portions of any type of food or being in a constant caloric surplus. So you can still eat starchy food like rice, potatoes, and pasta but in moderation.
It should be noted, however, that some carbohydrates are better for you than others in terms of nutrient-content. Whole foods like greens, fruits, and whole grains will always be better for you than food loaded with refined sugars like chips and pastries.
Myth #3: You Shouldn’t Eat Carbs at Night
Calories are calories no matter what time of the day you eat it, even at night. Your body processes food the same way whether you have it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The key here, again, is to eat just the right amount of food every day so you can burn more calories than you take in. It also helps to focus on nutrient-dense carbohydrates like whole grain bread, pasta, and vegetables.
Myth #4: Carbs are Loaded with Sugar
While it’s true that your body breaks down starch found in carbohydrates into sugar, you shouldn’t worry too much especially if you’re mostly eating fruits and whole grains. This is because this type of carbohydrates don’t cause a spike and crash in blood sugar the way simple sugars found in calorie-laded food like cakes and cookies does.
Myth #5: Protein is More Important than Carbs
All macronutrients are important for keeping your body fit and healthy. One isn’t necessarily more important than the other. In fact, research has found that protein and carbs work harmoniously to help you process sugar. Moreover, eating a combination of protein and veggies before complex carbs can prevent glucose from spiking after the meal.