Myth: Carbohydrates Make Us Fat

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This probably is the most erroneous notion that I come across in my interaction with people. So, first and foremost, let me put that to rest.

Carbohydrates have come to be portrayed as demon foods but there’s nothing inherently fattening about carbohydrates. It’s eating too many calories, which could be from any food source, that makes you fat.

If one cuts out so-called ‘good-carb’ foods, such as whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables, then they are depriving their body of the main source of fuel as well as vital nutrients and fiber. The high fiber also helps increase the feeling of satiety in your stomach. A low carb diet will make you feel less energetic and alert. It is also harder to stick with in the long run.

There’s also no denying the fact that loading up on sugary and refined-carbohydrate-rich foods, such as white bread, pizzas, pasta and doughnuts, can raise your risk of developing health problems like heart disease and diabetes. They get quickly broken down by the body thereby raising the blood sugar levels.

Don’t just assume that any food category is bad and that includes carbohydrates too. So, enjoy your carbs, even rice for that matter, but do so keeping in mind your activity levels, digestive abilities and consumption of other foods.

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