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Old 06-05-2017, 08:25 AM   #1
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Hello I have recently decided to start going to fitness and going on a diet. But I have a question.

What are the different carb people keep talking about. Why are some good and others bad for you?
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Old 06-05-2017, 09:01 AM   #2
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There are simple carbohydrates (sugars) and complex carbohydrates (starches). Sugary foods should usually be avoided because they'll raise your blood sugar (the exception is fruit, which is good for you). Complex carbohydrates are digested more slowly.

Some carbs, like grains, can be either refined (e.g. white rice) or unrefined (e.g. brown rice). When a grain is refined, part of it is removed, and fiber and other nutrients are lost. Whenever you eat grains, you should always eat whole grains. For example, when you buy bread, it should say "whole wheat" in the ingredients. If it says something like "wheat flour" or "enriched flour" then avoid it because that means it's refined.

Other foods with good carbs are starchy vegetables (e.g. sweet potato) and beans.

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Old 06-08-2017, 08:13 AM   #3
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As an HFLC dieter, I believe they are all "bad" for you. Carbs are sugar, no matter how slowly or quickly they are digested. The human body can only take a small amount of sugar in the blood stream. The sugar spike that is caused by eating sugar is your body's endocrine system trying to stop a "crisis" of sugar in the blood which could easily give you diabetes. After years of eating sugar, you eventually get diabetes. In the meantime, the only place that the endocrine system (using a hormone called insulin) can store the extra sugar is in the fat cells. About 2000 grams can be packed in the liver and other areas in the body. This is how people get non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Once those places are filled, the fat cells are used to store the additional sugar. Insulin puts the sugar in the cells, but it often never gets out because many people eat sugar all day, 3 to 6 meals and snacks. The only real way to stop the storage of fat is to keep your insulin levels low.
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Carbs are sugar ... After years of eating sugar, you eventually get diabetes.
I've never heard of whole grains, beans, or sweet potatoes causing diabetes (assuming you eat a normal amount of them, combined with a healthy diet), but I might be mistaken. Have any studies shown that they cause diabetes?
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I've never heard of whole grains, beans, or sweet potatoes causing diabetes (assuming you eat a normal amount of them, combined with a healthy diet), but I might be mistaken. Have any studies shown that they cause diabetes?
There's numerous causes of diabetes. It could be a hereditary factor, being overweight and not eating well for a prolonged time, or even just getting older can cause diabetes. But any of those causes doesn't mean that every person will get it either. It's all relative to how someones body processes the sugar.
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