30 Day Fitness Experiment

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Good Carb, Bad Carb

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Day Five: What’s with the whole grains?

One of the important changes I’ve made is to switch from refined, simple carbohydrates (carbs) to whole grains with plenty of fiber. Why is this significant?

You may have heard that carbs are bad for you and that they make you fat. This is an overgeneralization. There ARE bad carbs out there, but there are also plenty of good ones. How can you tell the difference? According to Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), “Easily digested carbohydrates from white bread, white rice, pastries, sugared sodas, and other highly processed foods may, indeed, contribute to weight gain and interfere with weight loss. Whole grains, beans, fruits, vegetables, and other sources of intact carbohydrates do just the opposite—they promote good health.”

But just how do whole grains promote good health? Well, they have more nutrients, vitamins, and fiber than their refined counterparts. Today we’ll focus on just fiber.

There are two kinds of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Since neither kind of fiber can be broken down and used by your body, what’s the point? Well, insoluble fiber (the kind that doesn’t dissolve in water, and which is found in whole grains, nuts, and seeds) helps push food through your digestive system, which means Yay! No constipation! Soluble fiber (the kind found in beans, broccoli, prunes, and bananas), on the other hand, grabs hold of fat in your intestines and escorts them out of your body as waste. This actually reduces bad cholesterol! (In case you were wondering how oatmeal had anything to do with lowering cholesterol, now you know.) This process also helps control how your body uses sugars.

Remember, sugars and other refined or “white” flours (white bread, white rice, regular pasta, soda, etc.) are very easily digestible and thus will leave you hungry again right away. Eating whole grains is good for your gut, good for your waist line, and, it turns out, good for your arteries and your heart, too!

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