Why we’re so confused about carbs.
[NBC News, 12/2/18] When it comes to nutrition confusion, carbs top the list of the most misunderstood. Here are the answers to 8 commonly-asked questions.
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, carbs are completely misunderstood. Carbs (short for carbohydrates) are one of the three macros (short for macronutrients); protein and fat are the remaining two. Once eaten, carbohydrates get broken down to sugar, or glucose, in your blood, and from there, the glucose from carbs supplies energy to every cell in your body. Notably, your brain demands the most energy, and it’s said that your neurons —basically, your brain’s messengers — need a steady supply. Since carbs remain a mystery to many, here are answers to the most common questions about this food group.
WHICH FOODS CONTAIN CARBS?
It’s probably no mystery that bagels and pasta are considered carbs, but there are plenty of other foods that fall in the carb camp. They are:
- Grains. This means you’ll find carbs in both refined grains (such as white bread and white rice) as well as whole grains (including quinoa, whole wheat and oats).
- Vegetables. Some, like broccoli and leafy greens, have very few carbs, while starchy veggies, such as white and sweet potatoes and corn (often considered a grain) have more.
- Beans. Foods like lentils, chickpeas, black beans, and soybeans supply carbs.
- Fruits. All forms of fruit, whether frozen, fresh, dried or juiced have carbs.
- Dairy. Milk, yogurt, and cottage cheese have varying amounts of this macro.
- Sweets. Lots of foods — from ice cream to cookies — fall under this category, and anything that has sugar has carbs.
Other foods provide carbs but in lower amounts. And some of the foods listed here supply other macros. For example, yogurt and beans are both sources of carbs and protein. If you’re choosing whole milk yogurt, it’s also a source of fat…………..
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