The Role of Carbohydrates in a Healthy Diet- Good vs. Bad Carbs

Yesterday I went to my Rotary Club meeting. After the meeting a member asked me how I was doing. I mentioned that a few years ago I made a medium term objective to be healthier at age 80. I researched healthy diets and discovered that some foods that I thought were healthy were not and others that I thought unhealthy were not. The member remarked that I eliminated carbohydrates. I assured him that some carbohydrates were good for your health. He replied that he had stopped eating carbohydrates and was now feeling much better.

A simple definition of carbohydrates are various substances made of carbon that provide the body with heat and energy. Complex carbs are healthier than simple carbs and are to be found in 4 groups of food.

1. LEAVES have the least amount of carbs and are rich in nutrients vitamins and minerals; e.g. lettuce, spinach, cabbage and callaloo.
2. STEMS AND FLOWERS have very low carbs e.g asparagus, cauliflower and broccoli.
3. FRUITS have a moderate amount of carbs e.g. avocados, peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, watermelon and strawberries.
4. ROOTS are very high in carbs.

Some examples of bad carbs are flour, flour products like pasta, bread, cakes, sugar and sugar products like sodas, ice-cream and candies, white rice and alcohol.

I hope this information will help to improve your health too.


About Peter Muir

To save money for high school fees, I started working at age eleven teaching extra lessons at my elementary school. I entered high school in third form and came first for Jamaica in the 1955 British Senior Cambridge exams. Taking the US SAT exams I ranked in the top 3% in the world. Several US universites offered scholarships and I graduated from Harvard in1961. I married Beverley Hanson in 1965 and I have 2 children, Susan and David.

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