Be BETTER Goal: Good vs Bad Carbs

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Good vs Bad CarbsGood vs Bad Carbs The first thing many of us think when we hear the word “carbs” is that carbs are bad and will make you fat. They have essentially become the "feared food." The reality is that not all carbs are bad. In fact, many carbs are actually great for you and even necessary for health. When we think about carbs we tend to think about eliminating bagels and bread, but carbs are also found in candy, sugary cereals, soda, etc. This week, educate yourself about the different types of carbs: good and bad carbs. Strive to eat only good carbs all week.

Identifying good versus bad carbs is actually easier than you think. Good carbohydrates are full of fiber. Examples of these types of carbs are whole grains, vegetables, fruits and beans. Bad carbs tend to be the processed ones that strip away the fiber, such as white bread and white rice.  (webmd.com)

Here is a great link to 10 "must-have” carbs before and after your workout. According to www.huffingtonpost.com, "Foods like brown rice, whole grain pancakes and pastas are the best to eat three to four hours before your workout, … while cereals, crackers and breads work better eaten 30 minutes before. Post-workout foods include chocolate milk and yogurt."

Also, check out, this excellent infographic by www.nerdgraph.com, explaining the difference between good carbs and bad carbs. View it at http://bebettermovement.com/good-carbs-vs-bad-carbs/. You don’t have to be afraid of all carbs. Just learn to tell the difference between the good ones and the bad ones.