It seems that even in this modern age of medicine and with easy access to knowledge, people are not any healthier. In fact, it looks like most people aren’t as healthy as people were a hundred years ago. Some of the reasons could be carbs so it is important to know what carbohydrates that should be avoided.
Another reason? Easy access to so much processed foods. Go into any grocery store and the middle of the store is chock full of all sorts of processed foods. Everything from wheat products to sugar products and more. These foods are carbohydrate filled disasters.
In recent weeks have you dropped by your grocery store and picked up something that was quick and easy to prepare? Perhaps it was something you could eat in the car or on the go because you are just too busy.
Or perhaps you picked up a soft drink or fruit juice. Both are laced with too much sugar.
Did you know that carbohydrate addition is a thing? In fact, people who are addicted will not suspect that it is a reality.
If you want to break a dependency on carbohydrates you will need to identify which ones are causing problems. Once you identify them you can clear them out of your kitchen and out of your life.
Soft Drinks: It is said that trying to break this habit is worse than trying to get off of hard drugs. Even if you are drinking diet you are just eating a whole of chemicals. The artificial sweeteners in these drinks may give a sweet taste, but are they healthy?
Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame may be calorie-free, but they end up triggering a massive hormonal response in the body. That hormone just happens to be insulin! When you drink a diet soda you put your insulin levels on a roller coaster of ups and downs.
If you want something sweet to eat try having a delicious orange or a piece of pineapple. Pineapple is really good for you because you get a bunch of digestive enzymes that will help you better digest protein.
If you are thirsty why not just have a glass of water? Don’t like the taste? Add a slice of lemon and some ice cubes. Your body will thank you!
Carbohydrates that should be Avoided is Food Made From White Flour: Today’s flour as a whole is not good for anyone. Wheat has been so altered that it no longer resembles the grain our forbearers used in their bread. And white flour is one of the least nutritious foods you can find. Essentially it is wheat that has been ground so fine that all the nutrients have been removed in the process.
And then to make matters worse, the producer puts some vitamins and minerals back into the flour, but not all of them. Then they call the flour “fortified”. If you need to get your bread fix, try eating organic, stone ground or sprouted varieties. At least they have more nutrition in them.
Fruit Flavored Yogurt: You would think that this would be healthy food. Think again. Food companies have come up with the brilliant idea of adding flavoring, fruit (sometimes) and sweeteners to yogurt.
Yogurt is supposed to be full of good bacteria (probiotics) that help keep the gut and digestion healthy. However, most flavored yogurts these days are full of sugar that promotes candida and can have an impact on health, and not a good impact at that.
If you want to eat yogurt try Greek yogurt and go for the unflavored varieties. You can also add fresh fruit, which is healthier anyway.
White Rice: This is just another processed food although it has been a staple in many diets for hundreds of years. However, just like white flour, white rice has had most if not all of its nutrition stripped during processing. Now it is just empty calories that offer no nutritional value. Instead, go for brown rice and by organic so you don’t have to eat chemicals.
Fruit Smoothies: Okay, these can be healthy, however, you need to make them at home so you know what is in them. Ones you buy at the store again have all sorts of sugar, syrups and even additives (chemicals). A simple smoothie recipe: add spinach, banana, juice of half a lemon, frozen or fresh fruit, a tablespoon of raw almond butter and some water. Blend until smooth. If you want to pack some protein in the smoothie, just add a scoop of your favorite protein powder!
Packaged Snacks: We are talking about chips, pretzels, cheese balls and other snacks that are easy to buy. Not only can you get them at the grocery store but they are available at most gas stations and convenience stores.
These foods have absolutely no nutrition and are carbohydrates that should be avoided. Talk about empty calories. Sure, they taste good, but that is because of the chemicals (call Excitotoxins) that are designed to stimulate savory taste buds making food seem more flavorful than it really is.
The problem with these types of foods is that they can also be a contributor to heart disease and diabetes.
What we Know for Sure: If you are going to eat carbohydrates, make good choices.
In fact, you should probably stay as close to nature as you possibly can. Instead of processed sugar, try honey. Instead of white bread, try sourdough or whole grains that are made from organic grains.
Also, eat more fresh fruits and vegetables along with good protein including nuts and beans and your body will be healthier for it.