"Should I Eat Carbs?" A Dietitian's Answer

Is avoiding carbs at every meal making your life miserable?

Well, it's time to become friends again with carbs. Read about they're GOOD for you in this post.


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Carbohydrates (or Carbs as they're commonly called), have a bad reputation these days don’t they?


In the fight for weight loss they’ve become enemy number one. But is the hate justified? Obviously not.


No matter what people say, carbs are important for your health.


They have incredible nutritional value, they’re tasty (yes that’s important too!) and contrary to popular belief, they can even help you lose weight!


So, to clean up the reputation of carbs (and save you from a lifetime of salad dinners), here are some quick facts about carbohydrates which should make you less guilty about eating them.




1. Carbs help you sleep better


On a low-carb diet and finding it difficult to fall asleep? Well, it's not always because you're hungry.


Sleep studies show that carbs have a direct effect on the brain and make it easier to get your beauty sleep at night.


Your body takes longer to digest complex carbohydrates (the kind you will find in lentils, fruits, brown rice or oatmeal) and the process increases your body’s serotonin levels, which in turn leads to better sleep.


Now, I’m not saying you should binge on carbs for the best beauty sleep. But, a moderate amount (approximately 3 to 4 hours before bedtime) will help you sleep better.





2. Carbs help you think better