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Carbs Are Not The Devil

       Ever since I got into nutrition over a decade ago, I’ve heard thousands of people complain about carbs. They get offered any foods that might have some carbs and they turn away in disgust and say “oh my God, I can’t eat that, it has carbs.” Unless you are gracing a physique or bodybuilding stage, carbs are not as evil as people make them out to be. We also cannot leave out anyone with diabetes. People with diabetes can still have, and still need carbs in their diets but have to be more careful based on their blood sugar and recommendations from their doctors and/or nutritionists. There are carbs that aren’t as healthy for you compared to some others. Processed carbs or simple carbs from foods like pop tarts and regular soda don’t offer any nutritional value. Carbs like these should be limited especially if you are on a weight loss plan. Complex carbs like 100% whole wheat, brown rice, sweet potatoes, and vegetables are the best sources of carbs and are an important part of a balanced diet. These complex sources of carbs are also rich in fiber and several micronutrients which makes them much better for you. Fruits are also an excellent source of carbs but usually provide more simple carbs. Fruits still provide some fiber, antioxidants, along with vitamins and minerals. Carbs are our quickest and most readily used source of energy. Our AMDR (Acceptable Macronutritent Distribution Range) for our daily consumption of carbs is 45-65%. It is important to have a good balance of your 3 macronutrients which are carbs, proteins and fats. Carbs alone should equal about half of your daily nutrition. It is best to consume a variety of several foods that are nutrient dense and to eat small meals throughout the day.