Starchy Food continued….

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

It's important to have carbohydrates in your diet and low-carbohydrate diets aren't a good idea.  Why?  I'll explain…. 

Carbohydrates are an essential nutrient. They have important roles to play within the body, which include:

1) Acting as a major source of energy for the body and brain

2) Forming structural elements of some cell membranes and cell walls


We need to consume sufficient quantities of carbohydrates so that they can fulfill their role, i.e:

  • Provide the body with energy
  • Manage blood sugar and insulin levels efficiently
  • Support the digestion process through consuming fibre.
Low-carbohydrate diets tend to involve: 
  • Cutting out most starchy foods, so the body does not get sufficient energy from this source.
  • Eating a diet high in fat, which could increase your risk of heart disease if the fat is saturated.
  • Restricting the amount of fruit, vegetables and fibre you eat, which prevents the digestive system from working properly. 

The main problem with reducing your carbohydrate intake is that the body may go into a state of Ketosis, which you really want to avoid happening. 


So, you're probably wondering 'what's Ketosis'? 


Ketosis is the state in which the body has used up its store of carbohydrates and is producing ketones from the breakdown of fat stores in the absence of carbohydrate. Ketones are acidic and if left to build up can increase the acidity levels in your blood, which can affect your urine and eventually cause serious damage to your liver and kidneys.  
Eating carbohydrates containing fibre helps keep you healthy! Fibre can lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of disease such as diverticular disease, constipation, bowel cancer and diabetes.

Fibre also helps manage blood sugar levels as well as helping with weight management as foods high in dietary fibre take longer to eat, so help with the feeling of fullness after a meal. 


So, my advice is to make sure you consume starchy foods daily and they should make up about a third of your plate.   

In : nutrition 

Tags: 'starchy foods'  ketosis  carbohydrates  'blood sugar'  fibre 

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