6 Ways to Make Smart Carb Choices Every Day
Carbohydrates (carbs) are one of the main types of nutrients in your diet (fats and proteins are others). However, not all carbs are equal when it comes to actually providing nutrition to your body.
Simple Carbs vs. Complex Carbs
Simple carbs have a simple chemical structure and are called sugars. Yep, you read that correctly. These sugars are found naturally in foods like fruits, vegetables, and milk products, and they’re added to many different foods and drinks. On the other hand, complex carbs, including starches and fiber, are found in whole-grain breads and cereals as well as in starchy vegetables like potatoes.
Your body needs some carbs. The digestive system changes the carbs that you consume into glucose, which is a type of sugar that your body uses for energy. That’s a good thing.
However, simple carbs are digested and absorbed by the body more quickly than complex carbs. That means simple carbs can raise your blood glucose levels faster and higher than complex carbs do. Complex carbs can actually help control blood sugar levels.
High blood glucose can damage both your tissues and your organs. If you have diabetes, you need to manage your blood glucose levels! With that said, it makes sense to eat more complex carbs and fewer simple carbs. In fact, everyone can benefit from making this change to their diets.
How to Eat More Complex Carbs and Fewer Simple Carbs
Whole foods with complex carbs provide more vitamins and minerals and are usually good sources of fiber. Following are six more ways to make smart carb choices each day:
1. Eat Cereals that are High in Fiber
Information about how much fiber is in a food can be found on the package label. Look for cereals with five or more grams of fiber.
2. Switch to Whole Grains
Shop for whole-grain bread, whole-wheat pasta, brown or wild rice, barley, quinoa, and bulgur. Avoid white bread, white rice, and “regular” pasta, which are filled with simple carbs.
3. Eat More Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Fresh is best when you’re trying to eat more complex carbs and fewer simple carbs. Also, drink less juice, which is typically filled with sugars and simple carbs.
4. Eat Different Types of Beans and Lentils
Beans and lentils are filled with protein and complex carbs and are an excellent, healthy addition to your cooking.
5. Snack on Fruits, Nuts, and Seeds
Choose fresh fruit, nuts, and seeds for snacks rather than packaged snack foods that are filled with simple carbs and sugars.
6. Eat Less Candy
Always limit your candy intake when you’re trying to eat fewer simple carbs and reduce your sugar consumption.
Your Next Steps
Following the six tips above to eat healthier can help you lose weight, control diabetes, and more. If you’re ready to make some changes to eat a diet with fewer simple carbs and more complex carbs, a certified health coach or wellness coach from Wellbeing Coaches can help. Just follow the link to Talk to a Coach to get started!
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