Carbohydrates are quite often identified with sugar, which entails negative connotations, when we talk about them. The fact that sugars belong to the group of carbohydrates does not mean that when hearing the word “carbohydrates”, we need to imagine only white sugar and the whole range of negative consequences resulting from its excessive consumption.
Additionally, it has become very popular to exclude carbohydrates from a diet, which only inhibits debunking the lies which are repeated in relation to products based on this dietary ingredient. The truth is that carbohydrates have become the enemy number 1 in dietary menus. What are the most popular lies?
- There are good and bad carbohydrates
This means that the part of authors, whose posts are related to diet indicate that there are carbohydrates which have bad or good influence on our functioning. By looking closer at this topic, we would need to conclude that a part of products, also from natural sources, will have negative influence on us. Fortunately, this is not true. The fact whether a given product will have unbeneficial influence on our body or health depends on general diet, proportions of particular nutrients and the total daily balance. In case of an improperly balanced diet, it may turn out that a product, such as an apple will bring negative consequences, if it is consumed in excessive amounts.
- Carbohydrates make us fat
Similarly to the previous paragraph, it needs to be highlighted that carbohydrates do not make us put on weight, but the excess of calories in a diet does. If we overstate our energy expenditure, regardless of the type of nutrient, we will simply put on weight. It will not be the fault of carbohydrates, but only their excessive amount, impossible to be used up by our organism for energy needs.
- We don’t count carbs from vegetables
It is quite often the case that people who train do not count carbohydrates from vegetables into the daily balance. It is wrong, as vegetables constitute the source of proteins, carbohydrates and even fats, which in the context of daily menu may provide a considerable amount of particular macroelements. Low caloric density of vegetables is definitely an advantage, which makes us often skip them in our calorie calculators. However, thermal treatment often influences the change of the vegetable volume, increasing the concentration of carbs per 100 g and increasing carbohydrate balance.
- Avoid carbohydrates before sleep
We may often read in various handbooks that we should not eat carbs in the evening. These guides are supposed to provide a few tips and improve our health and eating habits. However, what may be important for an average human being and for a training person is not necessarily good. Eating carbs for the last meal of the day will not directly influence our body and will definitely not contribute to increased fat storage. Moreover, carbs in the evening will help us relax, enabling deeper sleep.
- Carbs constitute the source of digestive discomfort, inflammations and skin problems
We cannot generalize in this way and the conclusion that carbs are responsible for all the bad in the world is highly exaggerated. Due to this belief, people who experience such ailments decrease the amount of carbs in the calorie balance, at the same time avoiding their positive influence on muscle tissue. Moreover, we should bear in mind that each organism is different and reacts in different ways to particular nutrients and their proportions in a diet. Sometimes you only need to change one source of carbs to another and it will make you get rid of the feeling of bloating or digestive problems.