|Carbohydrates as an Energy
Your Sources for
Popeye turned to spinach when
he needed some. The meek little scientist who turned into the
Incredible Hulk, all you had to do was make him angry.
As for non-cartoon heroes like you and I, we need to rely on
something much simpler, much more basic to get our strength.
Carbohydrates are the primary sources for our energy, a
macrocomponent that consists of fibers and sugars and translates
into such foods as rice, pasta, bread, and cereal. Ideally,
carbohydrates should consist of 40 percent of the daily calories we
digest with 40 percent focusing on proteins and the remaining 10
percent coming from fats.
Many health hopefuls delve into their new diets with blinders on.
They know not what they eat or when they’re to eat it. They
assume that salad - and lots of it – is the key to losing
Yet, if your body is not provided with sufficient doses of
carbohydrates, your energy will be sapped and your impoverished
body will reflect the results.
Here are a few sources that will fuel your body with the
carbohydrates that it needs.
BAKED POTATOES: These babies are loaded with carbs. In
fact, the average-sized potato is chalked with about 50 grams of
carbohydrate, and - get this – they’re also fat-free.
The key to adding potatoes to your diet is to consume them without
any added spreads like sour cream or butter.
RICE: This is not just a treat from San Francisco. Rice is
another excellent source of carbohydrate, also free of fat content,
for dieters everywhere. Rice is easy to make - just boil it for ten
minutes - and is rich in carbs, consisting of 45 grams per cup. You
can mix your carbs with your protein sources by mixing rice with
fish or chicken.
PASTA: Rigatoni, ziti, spaghetti, angel hair, it
doesn’t really matter. Pasta in all forms is a great source
for energy. Many power lifters or marathoners load up on pasta
before a big event. While pasta is low in fat, some forms (lasagna,
manicotti) are packed with fattening cheeses. Try to avoid applying
butter to your pasta dishes while using lighter, healthier tomato
sauces. Also, keep pasta consumption in moderation; try to
substitute it regularly with other carbohydrate soucres.
OTHERS: Who spilled the beans? The truth is, beans are
packed with carbohydrates and will provide your diet with the
healthy energy kick it needs. Black beans, pinto beans, and kidney
beans are all proof of this, generally consisting of 40 grams of
carbohydrate per cup. And this is no bananas, either.
Monkey’s favorite fruit packs around 27 grams of
carbohydrates for an average-sized banana, whereas your medium
apple packs 21 grams of carbs.
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