Unfortunately, I'm not talking about the carbs that you'll find in garlic bread, pizza, and donuts. Those carbs are still bad, [sigh]. I'm talking about the healthy carbs that you'll find in vegetables, whole grains, and Smart for Life Cookies!
Lets first learn the difference between good carbs and bad carbs. There are three components that make up carbohydrates; sugar, fiber, and starch. The bad carbs are derived from sugar and are referred to as "simple carbohydrates". The good carbs are derived from fiber and starch. These are called "complex carbohydrates".
Simple carbohydrates are found in processed foods. These are considered bad for you because they don't contain fiber or much nutritional value. Simple carbs raise blood pressure a lot higher and faster than complex carbohydrates because simple carbs are made up of only one or two sugar molecules.
Complex carbs that are derived from fiber and starch take longer to digest. This means that they will keep you energized and full for longer. Examples of complex carbs include legumes, whole grains, and vegetables.
Many people start diets and say they're "cutting out carbs". They are usually just referring to simple carbs like pasta and bread. Complex carbs are actually very important for weight loss! They provide you with essential nutrients like protein and fiber.
Sometimes people ask us "how can you call your protein bars and cookies healthy when they contain a lot of carbs?". The reason is, unlike other processed cookies that contain simple carbs, our products contain complex carbs, the healthy kind that are derived from fiber. Our bars and cookies help with weight loss because the complex carbs help keep you full by providing you with protein and fiber.
Your body needs healthy carbohydrates to function properly. Complex carbs offer a variety of health benefits that you should definitely take advantage of. Eating carbs derived from fiber will help your brain work better. "That’s because your brain runs on glucose, and you get glucose from carbs. If you don’t have enough of them, your ability to think, learn, and remember stuff will decrease because neurotransmitters in your brain will not have enough glucose to synthesize properly," said Keri Gans, R.D., author of The Small Change Diet.
Complex carbs help to reduce bloating. Because the carbs come from fiber, they will help keep your bowel movements regular. Not only that, but complex carbs will also help you feel more energized. "Carbs are fuel for your body because they contain glucose, which is your body’s number one source of energy. Protein and fat work, too, but carbs are definitely number one," said Gans.