Just when you think you’ve got your head around the major food groups and basic principles of healthy eating, you hear about something called slow-release carbs. Carbs, or carbohydrates to give them their full name, have had a lot of bad press in the dieting world so you may be tempted to ignore this so-called slow release member of the family but wait! Read on to find out why they are a valuable addition to your weight control toolkit.
When you think of carbohydrates, what comes to mind? Noodles, rice and donuts perhaps, or fries and bagels… These quick-release carbohydrates spike your blood sugar and leave you feeling hungry in no time, hence why you won’t see them any time soon on a healthy diet plan. Slow release carbohydrates, on the other hand, take a lot longer to digest and absorb into your system. In this way they keep you feeling fuller all the way through to your next meal – removing the temptation to reach for unhealthy snacks between times.
Carbohydrates are broken down by the body into sugars. With quick release carbs, this process happens rapidly and leads to a sharp increase in blood sugar levels. You may feel an initial burst of energy, but it is quickly followed by a slump which leaves you reaching for the cookie jar. This unhealthy cycle leaves you at risk of weight gain and worse, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Slow release carbs help to maintain consistent blood sugar levels throughout the day, helping to avoid extreme hunger pangs and keep chronic diseases at bay.
Try including foods from this list of slow release carbs in your daily diet. Add a couple at a time, looking for ways to incorporate them in recipes you already make, rather than unrealistically aiming to revolutionize your whole kitchen!
But help, you say! No quick release carbs again, ever? Make blending your friend and you can indulge from time to time in your favorite white rice dish or breakfast muffin without suffering the rollercoaster ride of sugary peaks that used to ensue. Blending means accompanying your quick release treat with a healthy side of slow release carbs to keep your digestion on an even keel. For example, serve white rice with a slow release vegetable curry or bean stew, and have that sweet breakfast muffin with a starchy fruit salad, to ensure that meals move through your body at a steady pace.
Your mood and your waistline will thank you for it!
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