Good Carbs Vs. Bad Carbs
When it comes to nutrition, carbohydrates are the resident bad boy. Everywhere they go they bring controversy. Some people swear by them; others claim they’re the food of the devil. Like most complicated questions the full answer is somewhere in the middle: the right carbs from the right sources. Let’s explore more.
What are Carbohydrates?
A carbohydrate is a biomolecule consisting of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen atoms typically with a 2:1 hydrogen-oxygen atom ratio. In other words? Carbs are just sugars, starches and fibers found in our food. They provide us with much-needed energy— and are especially important for athletes. The key is where and how we get these carbohydrates.
How does that work?
As they are consumed, carbohydrates break down into smaller sugars (glucose, fructose, and galactose) that are then used by our bodies to generate energy. If the glucose is not being used right away it will get stored in the muscles and the liver as glycogen. If the muscles and the liver run out of room for the glycogen, it can become fat.
However, glycogen is directly used when exercising. If you are performing high-intensity workout glycogen will provide energy for the first several minutes. If your workout is longer fat will begin to become your primary fuel source. However, glycogen is still needed to help break down and convert the fat into a usable entity for your muscle.
Carb intake also affects the body’s protein. If you do not have enough carbohydrate intake protein will take the role of being broken down into glucose. A similar analogy would be asking a middle school quarterback to replace Tom Brady on Sunday night. Protein’s primary function is to provide building blocks for bone, muscles, skin and many other tissues. If your body starts to use protein as an energy source instead, it detracts from its primary role of building muscle and other tissues. Imagine all that strength training for nothing.
To simplify, if you are an athlete or live an active lifestyle carbohydrates are necessary. So why the controversy? The fact is that not all carbs are created equal. Let’s look at the difference between good and bad carbs and how to tell the difference.
Good Carbs Vs. Bad Carbs
There are many ways to look at carbs, but when determining which ones should be in your diet, it is best to think of natural vs. refined or processed. Let’s explore further.
Trust the Process. Not the Processed.
Here are some example of “bad” carbs:
• White Bread
• White flour
• Fruit drinks
• Noodles and pasta
• Biscuits and pastries
The Good Guys
Luckily there are plenty of natural sources that provide Carbohydrates. Some examples include:
• Fruits and vegetables
• Sweet potatoes
• Yomi Bites
How do our Bites measure up?
Yomi Bites are your perfect carbohydrate supplement. Each serving (three bites) contains 29 grams of carbohydrates. But these are from all natural sources. The carbs come from the nut butter, (either cashew or peanut depending on the flavor) almonds, oats, flax seeds and honey. These are all natural sources of carbohydrates.
An Athlete’s Dream
Yomi Bites are not the only carb fueled for that extra boost of energy, but they are also easily digestible making it perfect for a pre-workout snack. After the initial boost, your body will rely on its fat resource for energy—which is ideal because Yomi Bites also packs on 18 Grams of Fat and as we have now learned carbohydrates are necessary for your body to access its fat source.
Which brings us to protein, which Yomi also adds between 8-10 grams of all natural protein depending on the flavor. We know protein is used for building blocks and should not be used as a primary energy source. That is why Yomi leads with carbs for that boost, then brings in fat for the long stuff, then capitalizes on the workout by adding protein that will directly go to building tissue like muscle. Three bites, one for each dietary function. All together make for the ultimate on the go athletic snack.
Your One Carb Stop
Not interested in the science? Fair enough. The easy solution is to eat Yomi Bites for your carbohydrate source, and you know you are getting all natural carbohydrates to help achieve your athletic endeavors.
Written by: Duncan McNabb