Healthy Lifestyle – Good Carbs VS Bad Carbs

Carbohydrates are derived from fruits, vegetables, wholegrains and legumes. They are our main source of energy and should constitute a large part of our diet. They play a very important role in the normal functioning of the internal organs, nervous system, and muscles. They are the best source of energy for athletes and high energy people because they provide immediate and time released energy. Carbohydrates are easily digested and are then consistently metabolized in the blood stream. Carbohydrates are needed to regulate protein and fat metabolism. Together with the proteins and fats, the carbohydrates help fight infections, promote growth of the body tissues such as bones and skin and lubricate the joints.

Wholegrain Wholegrains contain nutrients essential for human development, they increase vitality and aid in the prevention of disease. The grain itself contains the wheat germ and bran which are high in fibre, vitamins and minerals. Fibre aids in regular elimination of waste materials and absorption of toxins which prevents colon diseases and cancers. When prepared properly, they satisfy hunger and taste, provide energy and endurance, calm nerves encourage deep sleep, promote elimination, quick reflexes, long memory and clear thinking. Refined Grains Refined grains are your white pastas, breads, biscuits and cereals. They have been so highly refined that they contain no nutritional benefit whatsoever – no fibre, no vitamins, no minerals. They are highly acidic for the body, only provide short term energy and are much higher in starch. Many products have synthetic fibre and nutrients re added after processing, but this isn’t enough and is really only so it can be sold as food vs. glue.

A tasty, low GI, gluten free and highly nutritional alternative to gluten containing pasta and noodles is the Slim Pasta range which consists of fettuccini, spaghetti and angel hair pasta as well as noodles. These products contain konjac which is a root high in vitamins, minerals and fibre. The root also contains 16 kinds of amino acids, 7 of which are essential. This pasta and noodle range will keep you feeling fuller for longer which also aids in weight loss.