Carbohydrate-heavy food items have been shunned by a lot of “experts” in recent times. This is mainly because there are claims that carbs play a large role in developing obesity and even diabetes. Carbohydrates are our a good source of cheap and easily sourced and produced calories so it’s a mainstay in the diet of a large percentage of the world’s population even with the dawn of protein/fat-centric diets like the Keto diet.
Pro and anti-carbohydrate advocates do have valid arguments so we are here to present a sort of middle ground. We’re not here to set things absolutely straight. We just want to share a few options for healthier carb consumption. We will be focusing on starch and fiber content in this one. Enjoy!
Whole grain to be exact. Excellent source of roughage in the morning. It has a good amount of starch, too. It’s a great way to get that glucose boost early in the day. Eaten with milk or as it is, cereal is a great way to start the day. Just try to minimize having kinds that are heavily sugar-frosted.
It’s something that’s been peddled around by a lot of health-conscious people: “Stay away from anything white.” So that includes white bread, white flour, white paste, white rice. White potatoes got mixed in with that crowd in the confusion and it shouldn’t have. White potatoes are actually pretty good nutritionally. They have high amounts of potassium and vitamin C. Eaten with the peel, an average sized white potato can have as much as four grams of fiber.
Yes. White bread just turns to fattening sugar. However, wholegrain bread has tons of fiber. Sourdough made with wholegrain flour also has a lot of digestion-aiding probiotics. These probiotics’, though killed mostly in the baking process, can still have the same effects even in their less than lively state. They also moderate insulin response for better nutrient absorption.
Peas, beans, lentils and the rest of the gangs are complex carbs that are easier to digest and promote healthy gut bacterial growth. They’re also good for protein substitution. Their outer coating or skin is also fibrous so out the gastro-intestinal baddies go when these go since fiber tends to be the grabby type.
Ah the banana—nature’s individually packed snack. It’s been swept under the rug and pretty much shunned by the other fruits while avocado hogs the limelight. It’s because of its sugar and carbohydrate content. But bananas are a quick snack for that reason—they’re there for an almost instant energy boost. And the elongated fruit is an excellent source of manganese, vitamin B6, fiber and, of course, potassium. If you have to ask, these are all very, very good for the body.
Real corn, whole kernels straight from the cob, creamed or dried and pulverized as corn meal, is considered a whole grain. We all know what that means: fiber. Not only that, corn is also high in different kinds of antioxidants that are specifically good for the eyes.
So there they are; carbohydrate-laden foods that can’t be too bad for you. Carbs are widely considered as not essential these days but it doesn’t mean eating them can’t be advantageous. Plus they taste so good so if you’re on a low-carb diet, you can count on the foods listed above for a delicious and beneficial treat. As always, moderation is key.
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