Why Carbs Are So Important
I made this whole wheat bread myself with a very simple recipe. Often people stay away from carbs but carbohydrates are all about energy and are found in foods like fruits, vegetables, breads, pasta, and dairy products.
Your body uses these foods to make glucose, which is your body's main energy source. Glucose is a type of sugar that can be used right away for energy or stored away to be used later. "Carbohydrates provide the body with the energy it needs and are a good source of many vitamins and minerals. However, not all carbohydrates are created equal," says Donna Logan, RD, a registered dietitian at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston.
According to the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005, the best carbohydrates are those that contain a lot of fiber, like vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. These types of carbohydrates take longer to break down into glucose and give you the most nutrients along with your calories. Refined carbohydrates are sometimes referred to as "bad” carbohydrates. These are carbohydrates that have been processed to remove parts of the grain and have had sugar added. Common examples of refined or processed carbohydrates are white bread, cakes, and cookies. (Everyday Health)
For me - a balanced diet is the key and homemade bread fits in my healthy diet plan!
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