Saturday, August 25, 2012

Carbohydrate Fear

Carbohydrate Fear

That word probably sounds so scary to so many of you. You probably are thinking, "CARBS MAKE YOU FAT AND KILL YOU!"

I would have to guess that a lot of people have this common belief, but is it really true? I hope to shred any ounce of fear that any of you have by the time you finish reading this short and insightful article by yours truly (the adkpinecone).

Without getting right into why carbohydrates are not the evil that so many people mistakenly believe they are I first would like to explain in a nut shell what carbohydrates are. Carbohydrates simply are the number one source that your body uses for energy, body functions, and muscle uses.

Interesting Fact: Did you know that fats actually require carbohydrates for their breakdown within the liver!

So the fact that your body uses carbohydrates for immediate energy already makes a lot of common sense that they are good for you. The real confusion surrounding carbohydrates is the type people are talking about and consuming. I put carbohydrates into two categories. Good Carbs and Bad Carbs. Lets talk about the Good Carbs.

The good carbs are the ones that come from whole foods that grow out of the ground like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, and even whole grains. These are whole food based carbohydrates that provide the body with immediate energy and are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and a lot more nutritional goodies!

The bad carbs are the ones that come from whole foods that have been processed and refined to the point they become extremely toxic! These are processed and refined carbohydrates. These carbohydrates would include sugar, soda, sweetened juices/drinks, candy, chips, cookies, pastries, white bread, white pasta, cakes, donuts, and pretty much everything in a box, bag, or can.

Do not get deceived into eating bad carbohydrates. A lot of times when people go grocery shopping they will see products that say, "All Natural or Natural" This is very deceptive as it may have been natural originally, but after all the refining and processessing it becomes a dead food with all its nutrients stripped from it. In order to make it look healthy to people they will enrich it with synthetic vitamins and minerals.

So lets get this straight... First they take a really great whole food like whole grain.. then they refine and process the heck out of it( which destroys all the good nutrients)... and then finally they add back all the nutrients, but with synthetic forms that were made in a lab! Can you say, "WOW!"

So now that we have a good idea of carbohydrates lets go back to the most common belief that carbs make you fat. With this small amount of knowledge we can now explain why carbs would make you fat and it has to do with the type of carbs a person consumes. Many people are consuming the bad carbs and thats what makes them fat and gives them all these health problems. People that are eating good carbs though that come from whole foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and beans are never fat, but rather extremely healthy individuals!

I eat a ton of carbs that come mostly from fruit and I am extremely lean and thin. I am not even close to being fat.

Point of this article is to stop listening to the nonsense that carbs make you fat and that they are unhealthy. The good carbohydrates in whole foods will always be safe and helpful for the human body.

Just take a look at my videos and pictures and you will clearly see that if eating fruit and other good carbs did make you fat then I surely would be far bigger/fatter than what you see.

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