Low carb diets are back in a big way. When you see low-carb brekkie bowls on the menu at cafes, you know it has gone mainstream, but does bread and pasta really have to come off the menu?
The reality is carbs are found in a range of different foods, from bananas and legumes, through to cake and lollipops. While most of us would certainly benefit from cutting back on highly processed foods like biscuits, burgers and cake, eliminating fruit from your diet because it’s ‘high in carbs’ is like throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
There’s no need to ditch all carbs to lose weight and be healthy — just choose better carbs. Whole grains, legumes and vegetables are slowly digested — which makes them a big win for your health. Here’s why you’ll love good-quality, low-GI carbs:
High in fibre
Foods that take longer to chew and digest help to keep you full for longer. Think fruit and vegies with their skin on, nuts, seeds and wholegrain bread.
The slow release of energy also prevents rapid spikes and slumps in blood sugar levels, giving you sustained energy. A bowl of muesli with oats, nuts and dried fruit with keep you going for longer than a bowl of corn flakes or a slice of white toast.
Stable blood glucose levels
Blood glucose is more slowly released from your gut and is more slowly trickled into your bloodstream, causing a lesser rise in insulin levels. If you have diabetes, low-GI carbs, like legumes and whole grains are important to help maintain good blood sugar levels.
To learn more about low-carb diets and the best carbs to fuel your body, pick up the May issue of Healthy Food Guide magazine – on sale now!