Employee Wellness Programs Glossary Term:
"Why You Need Carbohydrates"

Carbohydrates play a major role when it comes to determining a person's health. There are so many diets that tell that carbohydrates are bad for health and need to be reduced as much as possible from the diet. But decisions related to your health should always be taken after full knowledge of its consequences. You need to know how carbohydrates affect your body before deciding to banish it from your diet. For this purpose, let's see more about carbohydrates.

First, let's see what the foods that are rich in carbohydrates are. Sweets, fruits and soft drinks contain complex carbohydrates in abundance. Simple carbohydrates, on the other hand, are present in pastas, breads, potatoes, beans, cereals, rice and bran. Most complex carbohydrates are starch. Here is an interesting fact: carbohydrates are actually not essential nutrients. Protein and fats are body building nutrients but also provide enough energy for running your body. So carbohydrates can be of two types: healthy and unhealthy carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates are better for your health than the simple carbohydrates, mainly because it takes a long time to break it down. As these carbohydrates slowly breakdown, you will have a steady source of energy.

You must stay away from simple carbohydrates. They break down really fast, and don't offer many minerals and vitamins like complex carbohydrates. Another reason to avoid simple carbohydrates is that if you don't use the energy too soon, it just gets converted into fat, and gets accumulated on your body. In fact, if you look at the diets that tell you to stay away from carbohydrates, they would actually be meaning simple carbohydrates. Simply put, simple carbohydrates are hardly nutritious and are fattening.

So you can understand from all this information that you should add only the complex carbohydrates from your diet. Fruits and vegetables are not just high on these complex carbohydrates; they also have a other vital nutrients that can nourish your body. Food items like white bread, pasta or anything containing a large amount of corn syrup or refine sugar should be avoided. Whole wheat bread or grain bread is good if you want bread on your diet. If you are buying packaged food, it's a good idea to read the label. Anything that has a lot of fibre is probably complex carbohydrates, which makes it good to eat.

The start to better health is with your employers employee wellness program. Fine tuned wellness programs are known to be the key to better health and wellness. It starts with understanding which foods to eat and which foods to avoid. If you can separate the good carbohydrates from the bad, you are closer to a nutritious and balanced diet.

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