All Carbs Are Not Created Equal

(CARLSBAD, CA) – We have all heard all about the carbohydrate craze. Some of the latest fad diets are banning carbs altogether, making all of us wonder… What exactly are carbohydrates and why is there such a campaign against consuming them?

Simply put, carbohydrates are foods that contain carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms. Carbs provide the energy that our body needs to function. Carbs are a good source of fiber, potassium, carotenoids and B, C, and E vitamins.

The National Academies Institute of Medicine is singing carbohydrate praises these days. The institute recommends that 45-65% of an adult’s daily calories should come from carbohydrates, with the remaining calories coming from proteins and monounsaturated fats. If carbs are so good for us, then what’s all the ruckus about?

The problem is that modern day carbohydrates are often highly processed. During the refining process, carbs are stripped of their nutrients and loaded up with excess sugar. Eating these bad carbs, such as sweetened cereal or white bread, causes an initial spike in your energy level. But, a crash and an insatiable craving for more bad carbs will soon follow that burst of energy!

Fortunately, not all carbohydrates are a recipe for glycemic disaster. Calorie-light carbs, like fruit, brown rice and barley, are rich in fiber and moisture. These foods give you long-lasting energy and keep you feeling full for a longer period of time. The fiber found in these good carbs slows digestion, regulates blood sugar, and lowers cholesterol. And since these good carbs are also low on the glycemic index, they do not spike your blood sugar levels.

How do you know if a carbohydrate is a “good carb” or a “bad carb?” Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett offers this carbohydrate checklist to help you make that determination.

Good Carbs
Bad Carbs
  • Close to their natural state
  • Rich in nutrients, fiber, and moisture
  • Low in calories
  • Low on the glycemic index
  • Derived from whole grains
  • Go through a refining process
  • Stripped of nutrients, fiber, and moisture
  • High in calories
  • High on the glycemic index
  • Made with white flour and refined sugar

The next time that you’re choosing from a smorgasbord of carbs, remember that an apple contains anywhere from 60-90 calories, but a slice of apple pie runs about 400 calories. And an eight-ounce baked potato is 160 calories, but eight ounces of French fries pack a whopping 700 calories! Choosing the potato means that you’ll feel fuller longer on less than one-fourth of the calories.

Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,800 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in the U.S. and around the globe. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.

Posted: 4/8/2010 2:43:09 AM by Jazzercise | with 0 comments



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