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Many view carbohydrates as evil and fattening. While too many carbohydrates can lead to weight gain, not all carbs are bad. In fact, some carbs can help you burn fat.

Many view carbohydrates as evil and fattening, but some carbs burn fat

Love your carbs? You’re not the only one. These days, there is a lot of conflicting information out there in regards to carbohydrates. Many view carbohydrates as evil and fattening. While too many carbohydrates can lead to weight gain, not all carbs are bad. In fact, some carbs can help you burn fat. Let’s take a look at what carbohydrates are, why we need them and how to include them in your diet and still maintain or lose weight.

What are Carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates provide us with energy; in fact, they are our main source of energy. When we eat carbohydrates, one of two things happen: we either use the energy right away, or we store it for later use in the form of fat.

When we eat carbs, our body breaks them down into simple sugars. These simple sugars are then released into the bloodstream. If we are low on energy, they may be used immediately, stored in the liver and our muscles as glycogen or converted and stored as fat.

Why do we need carbohydrates?   

Without carbohydrates we cannot survive. From our pancreas, insulin triggers the storage of glucose. People with diabetes can’t produce insulin or can’t use it properly, so sugar circulates in their bloodstream without being stored for later use. They may need to take insulin in injection form or take medications that regulate their blood sugar. Some people can regulate their blood sugars through controlling their diet. Without insulin diabetics would not be able to survive.

Our bodies prefer to use glucose as our main fuel source. Our brain, muscles and organs all need glucose to carry out their various activities. Although our body can get energy from other foods, we still require glucose to survive and thrive. However, some carbohydrates are healthier sources of glucose than others.

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