Learn why carbohydrates should be a part of your healthy diet.
By Toni Gasparis
With low-carb snacks and no-carb diets, figuring out whether you should be eating carbohydrates can be confusing. While many people view carbs as a negative and non-essential nutrient, they actually play a very integral part in the healthy functioning of your body. In fact, if we don’t get enough carbs in our system our body can look for fuel in other areas such as our muscles and it can even impact our liver. Dr. Oz’s trusted experts and nutritionists Maya Feller, Kristin Kirkpatrick, and Rachel Swanson are here to help explain what carbs are and why they’re important, as well as the types you should and should not be eating.
Bad Carbs to Avoid
The type of carbs you eat are important. While your body needs carbs to function, the wrong type of carbs can negatively affect your body. Nutritionist Rachel Swanson stresses the importance of keeping our cells sensitive to insulin. Carbs such as white bread and white pasta can cause your body to produce too much insulin and elevate your glucose to unhealthy levels. “Chronically elevated levels of glucose,” Swanson explains, “create a vicious cycle over time, eventually leading to type 2 diabetes.” Make sure to limit your consumption of overly processed and sugar-rich sources of carbs that will provide your body with energy for a short period of time without any nutrients. Also, remember to limit your intake of simple carbohydrates and junk food.