We need carbs to survive, people! It’s just a matter of picking the right ones. Don’t fear the carb.
there are actually no “good” or “bad” foods. i know plenty of athletes/gym goers who eat simple carbohydrates to fuel up for their workouts and for post workout recovery
just eat what makes you happy and makes you feel good
I COMPLETELY agree with
. There are not “good” carbs and “bad” carbs. There are slow-processing and fast-processing carbs. They both have different purposes, different uses, and are beneficial at different times of your day in relation to your training.
Also something that always bugs me when people say it—actually the only “empty calories” are alcohol which are technically not a carb, fat, or protein (hence why they are considered empty). A fast carb is not “empty”. Sure it may be more calorie-dense or process faster, but it’s still has macronutrients that your body needs so inherently it is not “empty”. Just a little debate on word choice I suppose hahaha. Mmmmk I’ll stop now
First, we don’t “need carbs to survive” as carbs are technically not an essential nutrient. Why? Glucose can be made in the liver through a process called gluconeogenesis. We can make glucose from non-carbohydrates like glycerol (from triglycerides—stored in fat tissue) and certain amino acids can also be turned into glucose (like glutamine, aspartate). However, there are two very important organs of the body that prefer glucose: the brain and red blood cells. Red blood cells lack mitochondria to burn fat, therefore, run exclusively off glucose. The brain oxidizes (“burns”) roughly 120g of glucose a day. The brain can, under certain conditions, like low carb diet (<20g carbs per day), start to utilize ketone bodies for energy.
So, while carbs are found in almost everyone’s diet we not need to consume them to survive. I would not suggest that someone go completely zero carb as there are certain micronutrients (i.e., B-vitamins) that are found in carbohydrates.
Also, alcohol is not “empty calories.” Like fat provides 9 kcals/g and both protein and carbohydrates provide 4 kcals/g, alcohol provides 7kcals/g and almost any biochemistry text book will tell you this. Alcohol is not stored in the body and therefore is metabolized in the liver. One of the results of alcohol metabolism is the increase in NADH:NAD ratio, which under certain circumstances (in the presence of insulin) can stimulates fatty acid synthesis in the liver. Many alcoholics develop lipid droplets in their liver and can see the development of alcohol-induced fatty liver disease.
What this person said about carbs not being essential. They really aren’t. Eating many servings of carbs is not essential to being healthy and I’m tired of the argument “you have to eat 6 servings of whole grains a day to be healthy!!”.