Despite popular opinion, carbohydrates are not all that bad. They are necessary for human development, blood clotting and other immune system processes. Lack of carbohydrates can result to issues on the aforementioned systems but this is unlikely. In this age, it’s more likely that we consume more carbohydrates than what our body needs. When this happens, we are more susceptible to diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer. Thus, extreme caution and conscious effort should be placed on what we take into our body. For this post, we’d like to share to you the list of some everyday foods that contain a lot of carbs. If you can’t refrain from eating them, just make sure to control portions and do a lot of physical activities. Lastly, prioritize eating foods with healthy carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products.
Drink Powders, Soft and Hard candies
These foods typically contain derivatives of the granulated sugars which should be avoided as much as possible. Most candies are made up of 90% or more carbohydrates- the type of which brings little to no nutrients to the body. If you’re craving for snacks, cut some slices of apple or mangoes which are healthier alternatives.
Sugary cereals, especially those packed in boxes, tend to have 90% or more carbohydrates on them. The case is often true even if you see ‘whole grain’ on the label. A better choice would be a homecooked cereal like oatmeal and rye. They contain far less carbohydrates which only accounts for 10-15% of the overall nutritional value. Oatmeal and rye also have more vitamins and nutrients.
If you didn’t know yet, a can of soda contains a whooping 36 grams of carbohydrates without any nutrients in it. And so, drinking too much sodas is considered to be one of the biggest cause of obesity, diabetes, cancer, and related nutrition problems. If you’re thirsty and craving for something other than water, get yourself a glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice.
Fruits in general are good for the body but dried fruits, on the other hand, are typically smothered with sugars and other forms of flavouring. These sugars and preservatives make it a less ideal option for those who’d like to watch their carbs intake. To get the most nutrients, eat fresh fruits.
Cakes, cookies and pastries
Remember that anything made up of flour is high on carbohydrates and should be taken in moderation. Cakes, breads and pastries can have as much 85% carbohydrates offering little to no nutrients at all. Make sure to read the nutritional label, if they indeed have, to equip your mind with the exact numbers.
Another sinful yet delicious food that we should all be wary about is pizza. Pizzas contain as much as 30% carbohydrates which does not contribute any good for the body. Unless your goal is to gain weight where I’d recommend that you stock on lots of pizzas and carbs, limit your pizza portions if you want to take care of your health.
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