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MMA Diet 101: Carbohydrates

Written on March 19, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Before stuffing yourself with lots of carbs, here are some tips to help you make a healthier choice.

There is a perpetual talk about “good” and “bad” carbs. Though the approach can be very simple, it can be a helpful foundation for anyone who’s looking for healthier food choices. Some food source of bad carbs are white bread, white rice and refined sugars. These carbs offer little other than sugar, and is not slowly digested and absorbed by the body. As a result, it can make blood sugar levels surge quickly.

But wouldn’t we like to rise our blood sugar levels quickly? In fact, we do. energizes our body, hence loading up a lot of it can give us enough power to do a hard day’s work. But for a healthier choice, check out these five carbohydrate tips below.

  1. Learn about Glycemix Index. The Glycemic Index measures carbohydrates based on how fast and slow they elevate blood sugar levels. One reason why it’s better to have smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day is because it stabilizes blood sugar levels.
  2. Save fruits and other on-the-go carbohydrate sources for the morning, and avoid them before going to bed. If you want to load yourself up with lots of carbs, do it to start your day or before a strong workout.
  3. Fewer ingredients like 100% Durum Whole Wheat is better. Sugar comes in many names and forms, hence food with lots of ingredients can have bad carbs with it.
  4. Always choose whole grains whenever possible. Whole grains contain germ, endosperm and bran. Simply put, you can also acquire protein, fiber and other smaller chemical compounds that provide healthy benefits. More over, carbohydrates found in whole grain are in their complete form, that is why it will digest slowly and will create a steady blood sugar level for hours.
  5. Buy dry, 100% whole wheat pasta in bulk. That way, you can avoid yourself from reaching something less healthy. Just boil some water, toss the pasta, dose it with some extra virgin olive oil, spices and a can of tuna, and voila! You’re fueling you body with many nutrients that will help you recover.

Always bear in mind that it doesn’t need to take eternity in the kitchen to prepare and eat healthy food.


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