Today, a low-carb diet is the preferred option to achieve health goals. However, merely eliminating carbs from your diet may not be the solution. In fact, leading dieticians and nutritionists recommend embracing carbs and starches for that ideal diet plan.
Some common Carb myths:
Myth 1 -Carbs leave you drained out:
Your body cells use carbohydrates as an energy source. When you deny your body carbohydrates, the brain burns energy from ketones in fats instead of glucose, which leads to serious brain impairment in the long term. Opting for healthy snacks with a moderate amount of carbohydrates is the solution.
Myth 2 – Avoid gluten to be healthy:
Unless you are gluten-intolerant there is no need to eliminate gluten from your diet. Do not self-diagnose yourself for gluten-intolerance. See your doctor, get a thorough examination and then choose your diet accordingly.
Myth 3 – The human body is not designed to eat starches.
Several studies show that our ancestors were starch eaters. Research showed starch grains found in Neanderthal Man’s skeletal teeth about 44,000 years ago. So just include a judicious amount of starch in your diet and do our ancestors proud!
Myth 4 – Carbs cause Type 2 Diabetes.
Go ahead and eat your daily bread (literally!) without any gloomy thoughts about getting diabetic. Eating whole grain-rich diets actually protects you from developing Type 2 Diabetes. It’s the dietary fat that is the culprit, which is known to increase blood sugar levels.
Myth 5: Low Carb diet means eating lots of meat
Other than those involved in body building and body sculpting who choose a low-carb diet, rich in meat, there are many variations of low-carb diets such as ketogenic diets (where fats are included) for weight loss or improving metabolic conditions. The fact is a balanced low-carb diet can be designed for meat-eaters, fish-eaters and vegetarians!
Myth 6 – Low carb diets requires constantly counting carbs
If you have a well-designed “meal plan”, it does all the calorie-counting for you. You just need to decide what to eat – a diet that suits your current state of health, lifestyle and food choices. It does not matter if you eat a moderate amount or a low amount of carbs. How food is grouped in your meal plan will take care of your calorie intake.
In the end, it’s all about enjoying what we eat. Include foods that you love and make you happy while having an eye on the fact your diet is balanced, nutritious and takes care of your daily wellness.