Understanding Carbs

Understanding Carbs

September 14, 2019 27 By William Morgan


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– When we think about eating
healthy some people think of
carbs as a dirty word and
won’t eat them at all.
But it’s a little bit
more involved than that.
So today I am with Stephanie
from Food Wonderful.
Stephanie, let’s first
talk about what exactly
is a carb?
– So carbohydrate food is
any food that is digested
and becomes sugar.
Carbohydrates are one of
three macro nutrients,
so along with protein and
fat, carbohydrates provide
the calories in our diet.
Simple carbohydrates are
foods that have shorter
chain sugars so they’re
digested very quickly,
they get into our
bloodstream right away.
Complex carbohydrates
have a longer chain sugar
so they take a little bit
longer to digest and they
usually give us more steady
energy throughout the day.
– So Stephanie, a lot
of foods have carbs,
but they’re not all the same.
– That’s right.
So our complex carbohydrates
like beans, whole grains,
those foods are very nutritious,
they provide us fiber,
B vitamins so we want
to eat those foods.
And even our simple
carbohydrates like fruit have
a lot of good nutrition,
so those are worthwhile
to eat, as well.
The foods that we want to
limit or eat more in moderation
are those very sugary
foods, cookies, soda.
– So really it’s not about
cutting carbohydrates out
of your diet, it’s about
choosing the right ones.
– That’s exactly right,
carbohydrates are an essential
part of our diet.
So when we start to replace
some of our less nutritious
carbohydrate foods with some
of these great complex carbs,
we find that we’ll
have more energy,
we’ll have more nutrients,
and we’ll feel better
through the day.
– So today you’ve got a
great example of a recipe
that we’re gonna cook that
is good carbohydrates.
– That’s exactly right,
we’re making a vegan recipe
which is a chick pea
sweet potato curry.
– Mmm, yummy.
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– Alright here’s our
ingredients for our curry.
We have lots of great
sources of complex carbs.
We have our sweet
potatoes, our chick peas,
and our green peas.
These foods will provide
carbohydrates and protein, too.
– I love it, let’s make it.
– First we’re gonna
add our onions.
We’re gonna let these
saute for about 10 minutes.
Add in our jalapeno
chile, garlic.
We have some curry
power, some gara marsala,
some paprika.
Pour in our coconut milk.
Our tomatoes.
Basically as soon as
those spices are fragrant,
the curry is ready to go.
– I can’t wait to try it,
but I think the biggest
take away is to not cut
carbs out of your diet
completely, but choose the
best carbs for your body.
– That’s exactly right.
Food like this is gonna
keep us full and satisfied
and give us great energy
for the entire day.
– I love that, thank you so
much, I can’t wait to dig in.
For Stephanie’s recipe or more
healthy eating information,
just head to our website,
livinghealthytv.com.
Now let’s try this.