THE BENEFITS OF NATURAL CARBOHYDRATES
CHICKPEAS, BEANS, LENTILS
Publish date:17 October 2017
Did you know that the daily calories intake from carbohydrates represents 50-60% of the daily necessary calories? And that these are a main energy source for the body?
Chickpeas, lentils and white beans are all part of the so-called good carbohydrates, the ones which are beneficial for the body, in particular due to their slow assimilation. Chickpeas are an excellent source of fibers and is rich in antioxidant phytonutrients. Lentils (“a small nutritional giant”) is a very good source of fibers that helps reduce cholesterol. Lastly, beans are a fat-free source of proteins with a high content of magnesium.
What are the good carbohydrates?
They are called good carbohydrates due to the fact that they decompose more slowly, providing a constant energy ratio for a longer period. In addition, they help remove toxins, reduce the cholesterol level and maintain the ideal body weight.
What about the so-called bad carbohydrates? Pasta, cake, chips and soft drinks can generate large discharges of insulin in the body, which can increase the cholesterol level in the blood, increasing the risk of cardiovascular conditions and diabetes.
In conclusion, carbohydrates play an important role in a healthy diet. A total exclusion of these from our diet is a mistake, we just need to choose the good ones.