Carbohydrates (celebrating National Nutrition Month)

plate of pasta and veggies

Happy National Nutrition Month! This month is all about learning how to make healthy and nutritious choices in our daily diets. One important part of our diet is carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are a type of molecule found in many different kinds of food, providing energy to the body.

Carbohydrates can be divided into two main types: simple and complex. Simple carbohydrates are typically found in foods like white bread, cookies, and candy. The body breaks these carbs down quickly, providing a quick burst of energy. They are also the form of carbohydrates most closely linked to the development of Type 2 Diabetes. On the other hand, complex carbohydrates are usually found in foods such as beans, whole grains, and vegetables. These carbs take longer for the body to break down, providing energy over a longer period.

The body needs carbohydrates to function properly. They provide energy to the muscles and brain, and they can also help regulate blood sugar levels. Eating a balanced diet that includes a variety of complex carbohydrates is important for maintaining overall health.

When choosing carbohydrates, aim for whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. These provide more nutrients than processed carbohydrates like white bread, cookies, and candy. Eating a variety of complex carbohydrates can help you get the energy you need while also providing important vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

So, this National Nutrition Month, remember to include a variety of carbohydrates in your diet. Eating a balanced diet with complex carbs can help you stay healthy and energized!