Carbs and fats are often considered to be enemy number one when it comes to maintaining a healthy balanced weight. Yet, not all carbs and fats are created equal.
Refined grains and simple sugars such as those found in white bread, processed junk food and sweets are all high GI foods that rapidly enter the bloodstream. These are the “bad carbs” that negatively affect insulin levels and contribute to weight gain, as well as an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease. On the other hand, complex carbs like whole grains, legumes, fruit and vegetables enter the blood stream at a steadier pace. These “healthy carbs” maintain steady blood sugar levels and are loaded with other beneficial nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, starches and fiber.
Trans fats and saturated fats (butter, margarine, fatty meat, etc.) raise the levels of cholesterol and increase the risk for diseases. But monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, such as avocados, nuts, olive oil, hempseed oil and others, are actually balancing us as they lower the cholesterol and reduce our risk of diseases.
Healthy carbs and fats are important part of our nutrition and priceless sources of fuel for our bodies. So as long as you stick to the right proportions of healthy ones, it’s actually possible to enjoy your favorite foods without sabotaging your health. 2Health offers recipes rich in healthy fats and carbs that will let you indulge without feeling guilty or bloated. Download the app to be able to have all of them in your pocket anytime and anywhere.
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