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3 Reasons You Need Carbs in Your Diet — They Won’t Kill You

By: Jenn Moss

In the last couple of years, there has been much debate about whether carbs are good for you or not. With diets such as Keto and Low Carb, the anti-carb agenda has been heavily pushed. So much so, that a lot of people have begun to fear eating any carbs at all. But do carbs live up to their so-called evilness? Or are carbs essential to eating a balanced diet?

Let us start at the beginning, and talk about what a carb really is. A carb (short for carbohydrate) is the sugars, starches, and fibers found in grains, fruit, vegetables, and milk products. That’s a lot of different categories, all of which are recommended to consume for a healthy diet. A mix of different food groups. So if carbs are found in much of our diet, I don’t see how they could be that bad for you.

Here are some reasons we need to implement carbs in our diet:

1. Energy

Carbohydrates are needed to fuel your body and keep you energized. As your main energy source, carbs help keep you going throughout the day. Also, the fiber is great for your digestion system and also thanked for keeping you full longer.

2. Vitamins From Fruit

Although it may not seem like it, fruit is a carb. Because of this, fear around eating too much fruit developed and spread like wildfire. But fruit is magnificent for you. They provide vitamins and minerals such as potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate (folic acid).

3. Carbs Help Boost Your Mood

Take a minute to think of your favorite food in the world, and how you feel eating it. Chances are that what you thought about it contains carbs. Eating carbs such as sushi, pizza, ice cream, and pasta make us feel good, and that matters. Not everything we consume has to have a high nutrient count, sometimes it’s okay to indulge in carbs that are deemed “bad” for you.

If you are someone who finds that carbs do not settle well with you, then perhaps you should avoid them, and adopt a low-carb lifestyle. You know more than anyone what makes you feel good, and what doesn’t. However, avoiding carbs all together based on a social stigma is not a wise choice. Carbs makeup about 45–55% of our diet, and provide us with many benefits. So maybe they aren’t as evil as one might think after all.