All too often we hear people say that carbohydrates make them fat. That they are on the banned list when dieting and shouldn't be touched. Unfortunately, there are uneducated people at the face of the fitness industry dishing out inaccurate nutritional advise when they are not qualified to do so.
Like anything, there are good and bad options when it comes to carbs. Confused? Hopefully this'll help:
The healthiest sources of carbohydrates—unprocessed or minimally processed whole grains, vegetables, fruits and beans—promote good health by delivering vitamins, minerals, fiber, and a host of important phytonutrients. Unhealthier sources of carbohydrates include white bread, pastries, fizzy drinks and other highly processed or refined foods. These items contain easily digested carbohydrates that may contribute to weight gain, interfere with weight loss, and promote diabetes and heart disease.
Carbohydrates are needed in order to maintain a healthy, balanced life. They are the sugars, starches and fibers found in fruits, grains, vegetables and milk products. Most importantly, carbs are a vital energy source needed for the body to function on a daily basis.
You will be surprised where you can find carbs without eating bread, rice or pasta (who on earth would want to drop these from their diet?!) Red peppers, beans/legumes and root vegetables are all wholesome sources of carbohydrates.
Next time you plan your weekly meals, make sure you have a well balanced dinner: protein, vegetables AND carbohydrates.