There was a time when fat was blamed for all health problems and the media turned it into a common enemy for those trying to lose weight. Now this crusade has shifted its focus to carbohydrates. There is a lot of hype about low carb diets to lose weight. But this is providing a skewed image to the public about carbohydrates. Yes they are not good for those who are trying to lose weight, but still they can’t eliminate it completely from their diet. For athletes and runners, carbohydrates are the most essential food. Even body builders need carbs along with proteins. The fact is that carbohydrates provide us with an immediate source of energy and when eaten in the right amount and in the right form, they do no harm. Here are 8 foods that are high in carbohydrates and should be part of your diet.
8. Sweet Potatoes:
Sweet Potatoes are a great source of energy as they contain very fast acting carbohydrates. This makes them a great pre workout food. They are not very high on calories, rich in carbohydrates and also rich in beta carotene. If you are an endurance athlete then carbohydrates are your fuel and sweet potatoes are a great source of that.
7. Low Fat Yoghurt:
Yoghurt is a great food as it contains vitamins, protein, carbohydrates and probiotics that are great for maintaining the stomach fauna. Low fat yoghurts that haven’t been artificially flavored are full of goodness and a great post workout snack as it helps in recovery. Add some bananas to your yoghurt to make a complete snack.
Berries of any type are good for your health but blueberries are especially great. They are a great source of carbohydrates and fiber and some good vitamins. The blue color comes from a dye which is known to be a memory enhancer. They also have the highest oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) of any fruit and readily destroy the free radicals in the body.
Bananas contain loads of potassium and carbohydrates. They contain natural sugars and are easy to digest. This makes them a great snack pre, during or post workout. You can even add them to your yoghurt or oats to combine the effects of two great foods. And best of all each banana comes in its own biodegradable packing.
3. Brown Rice:
Brown rice is rice that hasn’t been polished and refined. This makes it rich in fiber vitamins and mineral. It is healthier than white rice and a great source of carbohydrates. Brown rice provides a long lasting source of carbohydrates as it digests slowly and provides energy for a long time. It is a good choice as a meal during the day.
2. Whole Wheat Pasta:
Pasta is a great source of long lasting carbohydrates and that’s why it is the meal of choice for athletes. You combine it with a protein and it becomes the complete meal. Whole wheat pasta is healthier than normal pasta and provides more nutrition and doesn’t lead to too much fat storage. It will provide you with energy for most of the day.
1. Whole Grain Bread:
Bread is a staple of almost all diets and has been blamed for causing obesity. But too much of everything is bad. When consumed in moderation bread can provide a good carbohydrate source to fuel your day. Whole grain bread contains the same amount of carbohydrate as refined grain bread but is more nutritious and contains fiber, vitamins and minerals. So you should always prefer whole grain bread or brown bread over normal white one. But even whole grain breads contain added sugar and so don’t overuse bread in your daily diet.