Are Carbs Healthier Than We Thought? The Latest on Carbs [Infographic]

The Latest Research on Carbs :  Are
Carbohydrates Healthier Than We Once Thought?
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With the recent popularity of paleo and other trendy low-carb and high-fat diets, carbohydrates have become public enemy number 1 in the dieting and weight loss world.

But not all carbs are created equal and it is important to understand the different types of carbs, and how each type impacts health and weight.


Low-Fat vs. Low-Carb Diets for Weight Loss

Individuals on both low-fat and low-carb diets experience body weight loss when they cut back their calorie consumption and/or increase their activity level.

Most individuals on low-carb diets initially experience a greater body weight reduction than individuals on a low-fat diet.  Thus, it appears that low-carb diets are "better" for weight loss.  However, this initial greater body weight reduction is from loss of water stored in glycogen* because 1 gram of glycogen attracts about 3 grams of water.

Hence, switching to a low-carb diet causes depletion of stored glycogen and release of the water stored along with the glycogen.  The water weight loss is reflected on the scale as body weight loss.  Dieters should not confuse this initial body weight loss with fat weight loss.  As soon as they eat enough carbs to restore the glycogen stores, they will experience a water gain which will reflect on the scale as body weight gain.


*Glycogen is stored in muscle tissues and the liver and is a readily mobilized storage of glucose.  (Carbs are broken down into glucose before being absorbed into the bloodstream; unused glucose is converted to glycogen.)


This infographic and the accompanying in-depth article (link below) explains the different types of carbs, how carbs affect the body and summarizes the findings of the latest research on low-fat and low-carb diets.

The infographic and article also explain how carbs affect blood sugar, how to assess foods based on the Glycemic Index (GI) versus the Glycemic Load (GL) and offers five tips for smart carb consumption.


Infographic source and to read the article (including citations to studies), please visit The Latest on Carbs: Are They Healthier Than We Once Thought?


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