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 metabolised 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.

Wholegrains 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 person who eats a diet predominately high in refined foods will:

• Feel hungry soon after

• Gain weight due to the high amounts of sugar not utilised by the body

• Experience sugar cravings because their body is depleted of vital nutrients.

• Be more inclined to eating larger portions which is caused by the body crying out for nutritious food.

• Have abnormal stretching of the stomach due to eating larger portions

• Experience palette changes where fruits and vegetables begin to taste bland

• Be more prone to: obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular problems, tooth decay and diseases Gluten Gluten is a tough elastic protein found in wheat, rye and barley.

Oats also contain gluten but do not seem to cause the same problems with gluten intolerance. It’s common to find people who have sensitivities or intolerances to gluten. Symptoms of gluten intolerance include:

• Diarrhoea

• Abdominal pain

• Flatulence

• Weight loss

• Anaemia

• Muscle cramps and spasm Grains which are gluten free include: quinoa, amaranth, rice, corn, millet and buckwheat

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 contains 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.