Are carbs bad for you or not? New research explains what carbohydrates are, look at healthy vs. unhealthy options, and studies whether a high-carb diet is actually harmful.
Carbohydrates are a type of macronutrient found naturally in plant foods, including peas and beans, nuts and seeds, grains, dairy and dairy products, fruits, and vegetables.
Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for the body. Carbohydrate is an umbrella term that includes all starches and sugars.
However, studies have shown that the excessive consumption of all types of carbohydrates favor the development of chronic diseases.
Now existing research shows a diet rich in carbohydrates and fewer of the more nutritious options can increase markers of inflammation and perpetuate hormonal imbalances in people with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Higher consumption excessive consumption of simple added sugars are also associated with an increased risk of insulin resistance, non-alcohol-related fatty liver disease, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer.
When it comes to healthy carbs, a study has linked diets rich in these complex carbohydrates — such as the Mediterranean diet— with anti-inflammatory benefits, lowered insulin resistance, and a lowered risk of chronic diseases.
The dietary fiber in whole fruits supports regular bowel movements and healthy aging. A diet that includes more complex carbs and dietary fiber can lead to improvements in some of the effects of PCOS, according to research.
Overall study notes that carbohydrates are an essential macronutrient. They are necessary for our body as they are the main source of energy.
Carbohydrates are healthy when people manage the amount and types that they consume.