Low GI Carbs vs High GI Carbs & Good Carbs vs Bad Carbs – Introduction

Posted: April 15, 2013 in Motivation
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Hey Guys,

Just a quick one. I thought I’d post this as I get lots of emails from people asking me about carbohydrates, both when there trying to loose fat or gain muscle mass.

Now firstly, it is a misconception that carbs make you fat… Too much carbs makes you fat! Furthermore, too much of any macro-nutrient can see that waistline start to increase, so let’s not put it all down to carbs. They can be your friend or your enemy depending how you treat them.

As this is just the intro I won’t go into too much detail but I’ll give you enough information to get a better understanding on the subject and to go away and conduct your own research.

NOW…

What is considered a bad carb?

As the picture above shows, bad carbs are the ones that YOU KNOW make you fat such as:

  1. Cakes
  2. Chocolate
  3. Biscuits
  4. Sweets
  5. Fizzy drink

These are the ones that have no nutritional value to you whatsoever (no matter how you try to justify it)

What is considered a good carb?

Again, as pictured above, good carbs sources are foods, such as:

  1. Oats
  2. Sweet Potato
  3. Brown Rice
  4. Quinoa
  5. Beans

Now interestingly enough, all the bad carbs listed above are considered High Gi carbohydrates. High glycemic carbohydrates break down quickly and rapidly raise glucose levels. With low glycemic index foods, the body is able to release a steady level of insulin to control blood sugar levels.

Saying that though, not all High GI foods are bad for you. Let’s take a look at fruit for example:

  1. Bananas
  2. Melons
  3. Pineapple
  4. Raisins
  5. Mango’s

All the above fruit have health benefits but because they are so high in sugar they are considered High GI foods (break down quickly and rapidly raise glucose levels) Confused…? No need to be.

Just remember, if it’s high in sugar, it’s likely to be considered a high GI food.

If it’s filled with fibre and takes longer to cook, it’s likely to be considered a low GI food.

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There can be exceptions though such as sweeteners and how they respond in the body but I’ll have to cover that in another post as that can get pretty complex. In regards to sweeteners, look up Stevia (a near 0 calorie herbal sweetener) which is a great alternative to sucralose aka Splenda, aspartame and acesulfame-k which are found in most sugar free products such as low calorie foods, snacks & drinks but carry some harmful side effects.

Here’s a little quiz that should stick with you next time you think carbs – What of the following  are considered “Low GI carbs”

Brown Rice vs White Rice

Potatoes vs Sweet Potatoes

Brown Sugur vs White Sugar

Coke vs Diet Coke (I’m only joking)

Wholewheat Pasta vs White Pasta

Beans vs Chocolate

The next time I touch up on the subject I will go into more detail and discuss the benefits and disadvantages of carbs, the best time to eat them, more details about types of carbs and anything I can think about related to the subject.

For now, research and read, then do more research and read even more as knowledge is power and will help us get progress in life. See the link I provided below which has some good information to get you started on the topic.

Eat carbs and enjoy them, but everything in moderation 🙂

Much Love

David Richards

DEE’S FITNESS

Read more & Research:

Low GI vs High GI – http://www.livestrong.com/article/278918-what-are-high-glycemic-carbohydrates/#ixzz2QZR1PU44

Aspartame aka Poison on a spoon – http://www.sweetpoison.com/aspartame-side-effects.html

Stevia – http://www.livestrong.com/article/328911-what-are-the-benefits-of-stevia-leaf/

Sucralose aka Splenda – A great article and video by  Dr. Mercola http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2000/12/03/sucralose-dangers.aspx

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Comments
  1. Jeff says:

    sweet. i was wondering that the other day about carbs. But yeah, we all need some education on proper diet, proper food. Im all 4 that. Peace!

  2. uniaodos13 says:

    yeah, we all need some real info on proper food. Im all 4 that. Peace

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