Carbs have been considered to be the devils food for years now, with dedicated dieters cutting them out slice by slice but could cards be making a comeback thanks to new research?
Doctors are now saying that all this carb cutting may not actually be good for us with some even stating that cutting out carbohydrates can actually encourage you to put weight on.
According to a report by the Daily Mail half of British women experience ‘carb guilt’, with one in ten admitting that eating carbohydrates makes them feel bad about themselves ‘all day’.
Eating carbs has been linked to not only obesity and weight gain but also to type 2 diabetes and even some forms of cancer but now some doctors are urging people to bring back the carbs for the sake of their health.
According to the Daily Mail, while it’s widely accepted that processed carbohydrates, such as white bread and pasta, can contribute to weight gain and its associated diseases, doctors are increasingly concerned about a trend for excluding all carbs – even healthier wholegrains, where the grain is left intact and not processed.
People who do this could suffer from a lack of energy, mood swings, poor concentration and gut problems – and may even put on weight.
Experts also warn that shunning an entire food group is unsustainable, and can lead to an unhealthy relationship with food.
Much of the shunning of carbs comes because we know that they can convert into sugar in the body, with excess sugar then turning into fat, however we have perhaps been too harsh on the carb and may need to consider making sure we do eat them, especially the good ones.
Helen Bond, spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association says: “They are a ready source of fuel for the body. Cutting them out can cause headaches, tiredness and lethargy. You won’t be able to perform so well during exercise and concentration is likely to be affected, too, because carbohydrates also fuel the brain.”
Helen Bond says carb-free diets can be difficult to stick to as carbohydrates – particularly wholegrain ones, such as brown rice or wholemeal bread – contain fibre, which provides feelings of fullness.
Some research even suggests that diets containing carbohydrates are the best for losing weight, with one study of more than 4,000 people published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association finding that people who ate the most carbs were 40 per cent less likely to be obese and overweight, compared with people who ate the least.
So perhaps it is time to look again at carbs and to work out how to keep them in your diet without blowing your weight loss goals.