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5 Common Myths about Carbohydrates That You Should Dispel


Utter the word, and you have sales experts promoting its heart-healthy characteristics, and at the same time, fitness experts blacklisting carbs as the one with most calories. It's normal for any common man to get confused. To bring you out of all the confusion, here is a fact and myth story about carbohydrates:

  • 'Total carbs' on the label helps you evaluate whether you need to avoid that food or eat it
    Net carbs on food labels promote the idea that these carbs aren't harmful and do not affect blood sugars, but this has not been proven by researchers yet. Fiber and alcohol sugar does have an impact on your blood sugar levels, even if marketers' sales strategy says otherwise.
  • All carbs are inherently fattening
    Refined carbs are fattening and it'll be foolish to disagree on that, but to judge all carbohydrates on this basis is irrelevant. Basically, how the carbs affect your body depends on the kind of food you consume, and of course the quantity. Binging on potato wafers and flour-products can definitely raise the level of blood sugar, but there are other vegetables and fruits that just do the needful.
  • Carbohydrate is another name for sugar
    There is a difference between a potato and a candy bar. Where most grain foods get broken down into fructose and glucose, starch constitutes of glucose only. So it is rather misleading to people when one declares all carbohydrates to be sugar because table sugar and starch differ. Though for a diabetic, any form of sugar would result in raised blood sugar.
  • A low-carb diet makes weight gain an impossible situation
    It is a common perception that as long as carb levels are low, weight gain is impossible. Wrong! If you are prone to binge eating, even a low-carb diet can be equally harmful. These low-carb foods are enough to stall weight if over consumed, which is very likely. A jar of peanut butter is even more tempting when at the back of your mind you assume that it won't harm you, though without exercise, that's pretty much not happening.
  • A low-carb diet implies cutting out on bread, pasta, rice and potatoes
    Truth be told, there are a variety of other foods, fruits, vegetables, cereals and dairy products that have higher calorific value than starch products. Even if you cut out on starchy products, your body is receiving the adequate amount of nutrition that it needs. After all, 'healthy' is a relative term.

The simple truth:

To lead a healthy lifestyle, one must depend on non-adulterated fruits and vegetables that have the right nutritional value. One might also try herbal and completely natural supplements, for example 'Sunova Bioslim', which not only moderate your weight gain and cholesterol levels, but also reduce the conversion of carbohydrates to fat. For the best outcome, pair it up with exercise, and you'll hit the right spot!

Dr. Sonica Krishan

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