Why We All Need Carbs

Posted on 28th September 2018 by Gavin in News, Nutrition. comment(s).
Why We All Need Carbs

Ask a few dieters what they think about tucking into a bowlful of pasta, or breakfasting on smoked salmon and eggs on toast, and we guarantee that at least one of them will have sworn off carbs. From ditching pasta for courgetti to enjoying high-protein, low carb diets (think Paleo and the Atkins), our beloved, delicious carbs are currently one of the first things people ditch when they want to squeeze into those skinny jeans.

Of course, as you can imagine, here at Rizopia, we think carbs are there to be loved, not ignored. In fact, to us, carbs are a way of life!

You see, the key to a healthy body is eating a balanced diet, and that means not ditching entire food groups. The thing is, from giving us the energy us to run down the beach with our kids to diving into a glistening pool and even laughing with our friends, our body needs carbs. And if you’re still feeling unsure, then here’s our Rizopia lowdown on why you should be eating carbs…

Fuel Your Body

Whether you want to pound the pavements, bike to work, or even climb the stairs to bed, we all need fuel for every day. The thing is, carbs are our main source of energy, and we need them to help our bodies to thrive. To do this, carbs are pretty clever and are converted to glucose when they’re broken down and absorbed into our bloodstream. This glucose then travels to our cells, where it’s used for energy. If we have any unused glucose, then our bodies turn it into glycogen, which is stored in the liver and muscles to be used as fuel and energy. This is important for all gym bunnies because, whenever you get sweaty, you’ll need to eat plenty of carbohydrates to replenish glycogen levels so you can keep on exercising. What’s more, if you don’t eat enough carbs, then your body will start to use protein for energy, instead. As you can probably guess, this means that you’ll have to kiss goodbye to any lean muscle, and you can even put your kidneys under strain, too.

High in Fibre

A huge rainbow of carbs (including veggies and our very own pasta) are also great sources of fibre, which many of us are deficient in. Yet it’s crucial that we eat enough fibre to keep our digestive system ticking along happily, and to also cut our risk of constipation. If you’re looking to lose weight, then you might also like to know that fibre can keep us feeling fuller for longer, so you’re less likely to reach for the biscuit tin come 3pm…

Keep Us Smiling

Who else is left beaming after tucking into a giant bowl of pasta? Yep, us too! And the reason for it isn’t just because it tastes good. Here’s a little fact for you: carbs can make us happy. How? Well, food scientists think that carbs could boost our production of serotonin, the body’s feel-good brain chemical, which explains our mega-watt smiles after eating pasta...

 

Nutrient-Rich

While white bread and pasta get a bad rep (and for good reason!), complex carbs and whole grains like our pasta are packed with goodness and nutrients. Take our Rizopia, for example – each mouthful you take is full of B vitamins (essential for the nervous system, bones and our natural defences), and also contains selenium, vitamin D, manganese, and various anti-oxidants to keep both brain and body healthy and happy.

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