The BAD Carbs
In the October 2015 edition of The CORRECTIVE CHIROPRACTIC Update, we boldly stated that FAT IS NOT OUR ENEMY. (Click here to read the online version)
In our previous blog post, we discussed “What You MUST Know About The Different Types of Fat”.
So we now know that fats are not entirely bad for us but rather, it is the over-consumption of ‘bad carbs’ which are causing a myriad of health issues.
Bad carbs are basically carbohydrates that we should avoid eating or minimise the intake of, namely:
- Artificial sweeteners
- Synthetic sugar substitutes
- Can be found in food and beverages marketed as “sugar-free” or “diet” varieties, namely “diet” soft drinks and “sugar-free” chewing gum, candy & baked products.
- Examples of artificial sweeteners (can be found on food labels): aspartame, saccharin, sucralose, neotame, acesulfame potassium.
- Added sugars
- Also known as caloric sweeteners.
- Sugars and syrups that are put into foods during its preparation or processing.
- Commonly found in regular soft drinks, candy, cakes, cookies, pies, fruit drinks, ice cream, sweetened yoghurt, flavoured milk
- Be aware that many “low-fat” food products usually contain added sugars to compensate for flavour lost with fat reduction!
- Refined carbohydrates
- Plant-based foods that have the whole grain extracted during processing.
- The process of refining such foods removes the fibre, B-complex vitamins, healthy oils, and fat-soluble vitamins – therefore losing its nutritional value.
- Examples of refined carbohydrates: white bread, white rice, white flour, pastries, pasta, breakfast cereals
In our next blog post, we will be discussing the difference between the two main approaches in addressing healthcare issues – treating symptoms vs correcting the underlying cause.
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