Let’s get real, one of the most important roles of friends is to rationalize your life choices. Looking for an excuse to binge on avocado toast, a big bowl of pasta, a full pizza, fries, and loaded nachos? Fresh baked cookies and ice cream for dessert? Well, you’re in luck. I’m here, to give you few excuses to make that happen. And if you have carbs, I’m coming over.
I’m a carb lover, and I enjoy some of these on a weekly basis, and food that puts a smile on my face belongs in my face. Unfortunately though, some of these foods are often demonized. Your prayers are answered, because carbs can be good for you!
I’m not a doctor or nutritionist, I’m just your carb-loving friend, so maybe you have a medical conditions that means carbohydrate heavy diets don’t work for you, so please carry on and ignore this here article. Now, for the many of us who in fact need carbohydrates to survive and thrive, read on.
Here are my six fave reasons carbs are not guilty!
- Carbohydrates are our bodies main source of energy. This is because they are converted into glucose after digestion and this is used by our body, brain and muscles for energy and to function. Without enough glucose in your body, you can experience low blood sugar and dizziness.
- Carbohydrates literally make you happy because they play a key role in transporting tryptophan (the key to creating serotonin, your happy hormone) to your brain. It’s no wonder we get a little grouchy when we cut carbs from our diet!
- Carbohydrates do not make you fat. In fact, carbohydrates can actually help you lose weight because starchy carbohydrates are full of fiber, and so keep you fuller for longer making you less likely to reach for the snacks.
- Carbohydrates aid digestion. Forget feeling sluggish after a meal, choosing complex, starchy carbohydrates that are full of fibre helps to aid digestion and, TMI, get things moving.
- Carbohydrates protect our muscles. Without carbohydrates to rely on for energy, our bodies turns to protein. Protein is meant to supply amino acids to our muscles but when it suddenly becomes the sole energy provider, our body is not able to feed our muscles. Kiss goodbye to your gains!
- Carbohydrates help you sleep. Tucking into a bowl of oatmeal, a complex carbohydrate, before bed can literally do wonders for your sleep because it contains tryptophan which relaxes the body and melatonin which regulates sleep.
Though guidelines suggest that we opt for whole grains rather than processed carbs, we believe in balance and at the end of the day, nothing beats sharing freshly baked cookies with your vinas or going on a dinner date with a new match.
Our advice? Count memories not carbohydrates and tuck into that apple pie without a touch of guilt.