They can be both good and bad, depending on the amount and type you consume. Good carbohydrates are full of fibers and they take a longer time to be absorbed by our body and this can help us prevent drastic increase in our blood sugar level. Good carbohydrates with high fiber can be found in whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and beans.
When we decrease our consumption of bad carbohydrates we improve our health and fitness level. Bad carbohydrates with low count of fiber are found in white bread and white rice as the useful fibers are removed from them. Studies have also shown that having a diet that is high in fiber can help you with weight loss and it can also prevent colon cancer.
What we have learn so far is that good carbohydrates are food that contains larger amount of fibers, vitamins and minerals like whole grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits. Fiber is the most important factor when it comes to choosing food with good carbohydrates, as our body cannot absorb them and they help to slow down the absorption rate of other nutrients eaten during that meal. This process would help prevent diabetes and increase weight loss efficiency, as fiber would make you feel fuller after a meal. This means that consuming more servings of fruits and vegetables in your diet would give you a better health and help you lose weight a the same time.
Moving on to bad carbohydrates, how do you identify them? Most of the population thinks that they can tell the difference between the 2, but they could have been mislead by false assumption. Take sugar for an example, modern day sugar are mostly processed which does not benefit weight loss as it is absorbed into the body at a faster speed. The sugar is then converted to energy and the extra energy that is not used would be converted to fats, which would be stored in your body and it might also cause diabetes when over consumed. Good sugar comes from food like fructose in fruits and the lactose in milk. Bad Sugar comes in the form of sweeteners and syrups, which contains large amount of calories but has few or no nutrients.
Today a lot of people go on low fat diets to lose weight and go for fat free and low fat products. But they do not realize that sugar is actually being used as a substitute for fat. So instead of consuming fats we are just consuming sugar in exchange, which does not help us with weight loss at all.
Before consuming your food you may want to check what kinds of carbohydrates does it contain and you can do that by looking at the Nutrition Facts section of your food under “Total Carbohydrate”. The amount of fiber, sugars and other carbohydrate that are within the product would be stated. Then look for “Dietary Fiber” which lets you know the total amount of fiber in the food and this information will let you know the amount of carbohydrate that would most probably not be absorbed into our body.