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Just What Are Carbs & Sugar Anyway?
Our bodies convert the carbs we eat into glucose, aka "blood sugar,"
which our bodies then use for energy to fuel all of our physical and mental activities,
from workouts at the gym to the thinking we do at work.1
Contrary to the concern that all carbs are bad for us, the glucose we get from carbs is essential to our health.
However, it's important that we keep an eye on the quality and quantity of carbs we consume.2
When we talk about the nutritional benefits of carbs, we're really comparing those containing dietary fiber
(whole grains, fruits and vegetables) with refined carbs (sugar, white flour, white rice and pasta).
Foods with refined carbs tend to contain fewer nutrients and are absorbed more quickly in the body.
Fiber-rich carbs are digested and absorbed more slowly, releasing glucose into the body at a steadier pace.3
Sugar is a type of carb that falls into both categories.
It's found naturally in fiber-rich fruits and vegetables and as an added ingredient in refined carbs, like cakes, cookies and other sweets.
It's the added sugar that we need to watch out for, as these foods tend to be higher in calories and lower in nutritional value.4
Have you ever noticed that the more refined carbs and sugar you eat, the more your energy level fluctuates?5
How Much Your Body Needs
The Daily Value (DV) for total carbs (including sugars) is 300 grams per day for male and female adults,
based on a daily intake of 2,000-calories per day.6
Refined carbs get absorbed and used quickly, causing a blood sugar spike followed by a drop in blood sugar (commonly known as a crash) later on.7
Fiber-rich carbs get absorbed more slowly, for a steadier release of glucose into your bloodstream and a more consistent energy level throughout the day.
Eating smaller, more frequent meals to help spread out carb intake can help as well.8
With so many products containing under 40 grams of carbs and under 5 grams of sugar,
Smart Ones® offers a wide range of options to help you keep track of your carb intake.
Many of these options contain whole grains as well.
Before starting any new eating regimen or diet, please consult with a healthcare professional.
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