Eating Right for Peak Energy & Weight Management
There is much misunderstanding in the general public as to the value of carbohydrates in our diets. While the debate continues over what percentage of our meals should consist of carbohydrates, there seems to be consensus on the types of carbohydrates we should be consuming. Carbohydrate foods are sugars and starches. Starches are converted by the body into sugar. The more complex the starch, the more time it takes the body to convert it into sugar (glucose).
Over-cooking usually removes any of the rest of the nutrients. We are left with carbohydrates that are not complex enough to allow the body time to slowly process the sugar to be used for energy. The sugar immediately enters the bloodstream setting up the body for poor health conditions manifested in many ways, including ADD symptoms and the highs & lows of hypoglycemia with resultant carbohydrate cravings.
Carbohydrate content should be no more than 25% to 40% of any meal or snack. Also, it is not enough to simply eat complex carbohydrates as opposed to processed ones. A high percentage dietary intake of any carbohydrate not balanced by a greater percentage of fat and protein will still cause poor response by the body to a resultant carbohydrate, sugar overload.
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