Bad Carbohydrates

Posted by Sarah Cox on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 Under: nutrition

When eating carbohydrates, you need to know which ones are good for you to eat and which ones you need to avoid. 

In this article I'll cover the bad ones and in the next one I'll explain the good ones. 

As a general rule, which you are probably already aware of, any white carbohydrates are bad for you.  White carbohydrates includes white bread, rice and pasta.  The nutrients and fibre are stripped out of white carbohydrates as they are processed and refined.

As well as white 'refined' grains, bad carbohydrates include sugar. Sugar and refined grains are absorbed quickly, so they supply quick energy to the body in the form of glucose. This is a good thing if your body needs quick energy, for example if you're running a race or competing in sports. However it isn't required by most people most of the time and as a result we are eating far too much sugar in our diets without realising it. 

Sugar also includes "added" sugars, which are sugars and syrups that are added to foods at the table or during processing or preparation. Added sugars supply calories but few or no nutrients.


A common example is high fructose corn syrup, which is added to sweetened drinks and baked products. Check the food labels on the products you buy, look out for high fructose corn syrup and avoid any products which contain it! 


These days a lot of people are eating low fat or fat free products in an attempt to reduce calories and lose weight. However, what you may not realise is that whilst fat is being taken out sugar is often being added in to preserve the taste.  


We don't need to eliminate sugar from our diet totally but we need to be aware of how much sugar we are eating and limit it to 6-10% of our total calories which is approx. 6-9 teaspoons.  To give you an idea of how much sugar this is, a can of fizzy drink contains about eight teaspoons of sugar, or about 130 calories.  


So, cut down on white carbohydrates and added sugars and check your food labels to see how much sugar is in the products you're consuming... 

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Tags: carbohydrates  'good carbohydrates'  'bad carbohydrates' 

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