Carbs The Hidden Killer!...or is it?

No! Drop that piece of toast before it kills YOU!…Just kidding, when it comes to carbohydrates (carbs) it begins to become a touchy subject. 

    The question should really be; does my body need carbs? I say this because you can function fine with or without them. 
   

     The body uses carbohydrates as a fuel source (among other functions). When carbs are consumed they spike insulin, a hormone in the body that regulates sugar in the blood. When the body consumes carbs one huge event occurs the natural growth hormone levels go down. Natural growth hormones help your body repair itself and help it become stronger. These two hormones function like a titter-totter. When one goes up the other goes down. So if you want faster recovery, lower your carb intake and growth hormone levels will go back up. But if you want to gain muscle size or have extra energy you’ll have to eat some carbs. Depending on the type of carbs someone eats will decipher how fast insulin levels will change. 
    Where many people make a mistake is that they consume too many carbohydrates. Worst of all is when someone eats a high number of carbs and consumes food with hidden sugars. With both of these combined it can cause a very damaging side effect and possible weight gain. 
    More recent studies has shown that many individuals feel and function better on lower carbohydrate diets. Your body can completely function off of very low carbs wihtout dips in energy (aka sugar crashes). But I will save that for the Ketogenic Diet and fats blog post. 
    What it really comes down to is this, everyone's body functions differently. Me for instance, I function very well on a high fat, moderate protien, and low carbohydrate diet. For other people, that may not be ideal. My best advice is to pay attention to your body. See how it functions with certain types of foods over others. At the end of the day you are the judge of what goes into your body.  If you do decide to eat carbs I would recommend choosing from the list below. 

  Here's a brief list of what I consider healthy and unhealthy carbs. Remember the fewer ingredients and more "whole the food is, the healthy it will be. 
    

Unhealthy Carbs

  • Cereal 
  • Pasta
  • White Rice
  • Pizza
  • Refined Grains
  • Crackers

Healthy Carbs:

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Fruit (plums, pineapple, strawberries etc.)
  • Organic Brown Rice
  • Yams
  • Sourdough Bread
  • Beans (black beans, chickpeas)

"Keep On Keepin' On"

John D. Schaser