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|I am a mother of 3 and a grandmother of 2. My family is the most important thing in the world to me and they always come first.
One of my main interests is herbal nutrition which prompted me to join Herbalife in May 2009 when I was looking for a home based business. I have learned so much more about herbal nutrition since I joined Herbalife and am very proud to represent their products.
If you are anything like me, the topic of carbohydrates can be a little confusing. Sure, I know that whole grain breads and brown rice are better than white bread or white rice, but my knowledge didn’t go too much beyond that. Some carbohydrates are actually good for you and it definitely helps to understand carbs if you know what they are and what they do.
Carbohydrates come in three basic forms….sugars, starches and fibre. A carbohydrate is basically a sugar molecule that is broken down by the body, converted to glucose and used as energy. We need energy!
1) Sugars: These carbs are not actually good for you. You can find these in candy, soda and refined or processed foods.
2) Starches: These can be found in fruits, vegetable and whole grains. These carbs are good for you. When you eat them they will keep you going for a longer period of time. As an example, you can find these in brown rice or whole wheat bread as opposed to white rice or white bread.
3) Fibre: Fibre is an exception as far as carbs go because it can not be broken down into sugar and so passes through the body undigested. The water soluble fibre gathers fat and carries it out as waste. It also helps your body regulate the use of sugars and helps you feel full longer. The insoluble fibre helps push food through your system and prevent constipation.
So..you see that not all carbohydrates are bad. We just have to make sure we eat the right ones. So, eat those good carbs, convert them to energy, and go out and be active.
Stay healthy everyone.
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