Keep These Carbs & Fats On Your Plate
For the past decade or so health and wellness professionals have teetered back and forth as to whether or not we should be including carbs and fats in our regular diet. Some meal plans endorse carbs as a paramount part of a person’s meal, while others strictly shun carbs altogether. Likewise, there are trendy diets that claim fats are just as essential as fruits and vegetables, and others which point to fats as the demise of a person’s health. This can all get confusing – overwhelming really – and ultimately make sticking to any sort of diet or meal plan difficult and stressful.
So, what’s the deal? Well, most the medical community have now come to the conclusion that the body thrives on balance; it’s not that one meal plan is better than the other, more so that the best choice lies somewhere in the middle. Keep reading to learn more about the balance of carbs and fats as we decipher which ones to keep on your plate!
Carbs are EVERYWHERE
Contrary to popular belief, carbs aren’t only in your mom’s famous noodle dish, takeout dinner rolls, or morning toast. In fact, if you peek at the nutritional information (either on the package of the food or through a simple online search, you’ll see that that nuts, fruits, veggies, dairy, and desserts all include carbs.
Complex vs. Simple Carbs
Complex carbs or the “good” carbs are the ones you should be consuming. Complex carbs get their name from their intricate chemical structure as well as the process which our body goes through to fully digest them. Simple carbs – or “bad” carbs – on the other hand are composed of smaller, less comprehensive molecules (typically being sugar), which are digested much faster. The good carbs to keep on your plate include potatoes, plantains, all vegetables, and fresh fruits. It’s important to consume these carbs regularly, as they supply the body with fibers and nutrients, provide the body with more energy per calorie, and naturally stimulate the metabolism. On the other hand, the carbs to stay away from include sodas, white pasta and breads, candy, and sugared cereal and snack mixes.
Fats Won’t Make You Fat
The reason that this can get so confusing is due in-part to the fact that we overuse the word “fat” as a way of describing the human body. If you remember one thing from this entire article, remember that eating fats will not cause you to gain weight or look fat. Just like carbs, there are both “good” and “bad” fats. Good fats are those referred to and listed as “monounsaturated fats,” and “polyunsaturated fats,” while bad fats are recognized as “saturated fats” and “partially hydrogenated fats.” The best fats to keep on your plate include things like olive, coconut oil, avocados, nuts and seeds, and oily fish such as mackerel, trout, and sardines. It’s a good idea to consume a healthy balance of the foods just listed, as they provide the body with energy, stimulate cell growth and proper brain function. These foods encourage the proper absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, and provide our bodies with essential oils which our body cannot naturally produce. On the contrary, foods to steer clear of include margarine, processed oils like canola, deep fried and fast foods, and generally over processed or packaged goods.