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CARBS: Good or Bad?
Carbohydrates have gotten a bad reputation over the years. There have been many low-carbohydrate diets promoted throughout the media, claiming to be a healthy way to achieve quick weight loss. Although carbohydrates are often thought of as a "bad" part of the diet, this is not necessarily the case.
Carbohydrates are necessary for the human body in order to provide energy. Did you know that carbohydrates are the primary source of energy for the brain? It is important not to deprive the brain of the energy it needs to function properly so that we can live through our busy daily lives in a healthy manner. Too little carbohydrate in the diet can be dangerous for the body, by forcing the organs into using other nutrients for a primary energy source that it naturally would not.
The key to a healthy diet is to choose the right types of carbohydrates. Sources of natural carbohydrates include fruits, vegetables, grains, and dairy products. Incorporating these food groups into a balanced diet by spreading them out throughout your m eals and snacks will ensure your body is getting enough energy in order to keep you strong. Referring to the "My Plate" guidelines can be very helpful with making sure you are eating enough carbohydrates daily. Try to spread your intake of carbohydrates out evenly throughout the day and pair it with some lean protein if you can. The combination of carbohydrates and protein work together to keep that energy lasting longer, helping you get through your long, busy day.
So don't feel like you need to lose the carbs; just choose healthier types of carbohydrates to include in your meals such as whole grains, vegetables, fruit, and low fat dairy, and you will be on the right track to a long-term healthy you!
For more information on "My Plate" guidelines, visit www.choosemyplate.gov!
*Note: People with certain conditions, such as diabetes, need different amounts of carbohydrates than the average healthy person. Always check with your medical provider or clinical dietitian to find out exactly how many carbohydrates are healthy for your body.