August 16, 2019

Are carbohydrates bad for you?

First off, we shouldn’t look at what we eat as “nutrients” i.e. carbs, protein, fat, etc, but rather look at eating whole FOOD, which is made up several nutrients and never just one. 

Example: You eat a steak, which contains protein and fat. It is never just one, so alienating one macronutrient will result in there not really being a lot left to eat 😉

But which foods actually contain carbs? Most do. To name a few: fruit, wholegrains, legumes (chickpeas, lentils, beans), some veg and even dairy contains some carbohydrates (and of course things like biscuits, cake, sweets, chocolate etc). Some may be more nutrient dense than others but none of them are “bad”. They all form part of a healthy and  balanced diet.

Why are they important you might ask? Carbohydrates are the primary source of fuel for our bodies, and when you aim to cut out such a large component of your diet, you are depriving yourself of a lot of goodness such as several vitamins,minerals and FIBER (which is important for digestion, is cholesterol lowering and also plays an important role when it comes to satiety) AND ENERGY! – Especially if you are training/ exercising you need carbohydrates to get the most out of your sessions, because carbs are what your body uses especially during higher intensity training (that’s a whole other post on its own)

But also: who doesn’t enjoy a croissant or chocolate every now and then?

So enjoy your carbohydrates! They’re good for you and at the end of the day it’s all about balance, variety and moderation.