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Let's talk about carbs

  • By Khalil Balan
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Let's talk about carbs

You’ve probably heard of 'low carb diets', 'low carbohydrate' or 'limited carbohydrate'. These are diets in which carbohydrates are to a greater or lesser extent deleted. Do you think it's too extreme for you? That is not necessarily the case.

In low carb diets, people are very conscious of the carbohydrates in their food. The amount of carbohydrates in the diet is strongly reduced, while proteins and fats get a larger share in the daily diet.

However, there are different forms and gradations of low carb. In very strict low-carbdiets, almost all carbohydrates are eliminated, such as fruit, bread, pasta, cereals, ... In a carbohydrate-restricted diet, however, this is not so much the case. Here the carbohydrate content is also reduced, but a certain amount of carbohydrates is still allowed. Extra attention is paid to the quality of the carbohydrates. Slow, complex carbohydrates with lots of fibres which don't increase our blood sugar levels as fast are preferred and sugars get restricted.

 

Friend or enemy?

According to one, carbohydrates are indispensable as an important source of energy and according to another, carbohydrates are the enemy. What should you believe?

First of all, it must be stated clearly that carbohydrates are not 'the enemy'. Everything is about the right balance. Too much is never good. When you have the right balance between carbohydrates, fats and proteins in which you prefer complex fibrous carbohydrate sources and fruits and you limit the (added) sugars, carbohydrates are not necessarily a threat. However, you can also benefit from reducing your intake of carbohydrates. For example, a low carb diet in people with diabetes or people who are overweight sometimes has a greater and more positive effect than traditional diets.

What is 'the enemy'? added sugars! Sugars cause peaks in your blood sugar level, which will make you hungry and appetite faster. Try to reduce the sugars in your diet and prefer complex carbohydrates (wholemeal bread, wholemeal pasta, ...) and fruit. Many people now think 'but how'? It's often the tasty things like biscuits, chocolate and pastries that contain a lot of sugar. Can you never eat this again? Of course you can, our natural sugar substitute Tagatesse can help you with this.

 

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