There’s often debate about how much carb we should be having in our diets. Some people even if think we should cut them out completely. Have you wondered about this?
If you have, it’s important to know carbohydrates are the main fuel for our body, we need at least 50g of quality carbs a day just for brain function.
We can find carbs in many items including:
Sounds mind blowing doesn’t it? Well it won’t be once you understand these few simple tips!
That’s right, NOT all carbs are BAD, there are different types with different actions in the body. So, we want to have the best quality carbs in our diet when we’re looking after our wellbeing, and our family’s.
Carbs are classified as:
You guessed it; the sugars are the ones we really want to move out of our diets and the starches we want to limit, but we need more fibre-based carbs, this is your green leafy vegetables!
The amount of carbs you eat will increase the sugar levels in your blood and the type will tell you how fast they break down in the body, and this is what we call glycaemic load (GL) and glycaemic index (GI). Having too much sugar in the blood can lead to weight gain, fatigue and poor health such as diabetes and heart disease. But its not all doom and gloom, because you can change your diet behaviours, even if you start with choosing the right types of carbs!
This is a complex topic and if you want more information and tips on the GL and GI of foods, check this out – it’s a ‘swap it’ tool to help you choose better quality carbs Swap It – Glycaemic Index Foundation (gisymbol.com).
An excess of the wrong types of carbs across the day, with low or no exercise, can lead to an increase in your weight and can also lead to a fatty liver and fatigue.
For this reason, you will see many fad diets that eliminate carbs completely. But this can result in a loss of mainly muscle mass and water levels in your body – and eventually a regain in weight. The trick is getting the right balance and right proportions to fit your diet and lifestyle.
So, what to do?
If you’re wanting more personalised support to help work out how many serves of carbs per day you need, and help adapt to a low carb way of eating, you can see a Dietitian from 360me Nutrition at either our Malvern or Magill sites. You can book by calling us on 82781111, or booking online here.