Understanding Carbs

(upbeat music) – When we think about eating healthy some people think of carbs as a dirty word and won’t eat them at all. But it’s a little bit more involved than that. So today I am with Stephanie from Food Wonderful. Stephanie, let’s first talk about what exactly is a carb? – So carbohydrate food is any food that is digested and becomes sugar. Carbohydrates are one of three macro nutrients, so along with protein and fat, carbohydrates provide the calories in our diet. Simple carbohydrates are foods that have shorter chain sugars so they’re digested very quickly, they get into our bloodstream right away.

Complex carbohydrates have a longer chain sugar so they take a little bit longer to digest and they usually give us more steady energy throughout the day. – So Stephanie, a lot of foods have carbs, but they’re not all the same. – That’s right. So our complex carbohydrates like beans, whole grains, those foods are very nutritious, they provide us fiber, B vitamins so we want to eat those foods. And even our simple carbohydrates like fruit have a lot of good nutrition, so those are worthwhile to eat, as well.

The foods that we want to limit or eat more in moderation are those very sugary foods, cookies, soda. – So really it’s not about cutting carbohydrates out of your diet, it’s about choosing the right ones. – That’s exactly right, carbohydrates are an essential part of our diet. So when we start to replace some of our less nutritious carbohydrate foods with some of these great complex carbs, we find that we’ll have more energy, we’ll have more nutrients, and we’ll feel better through the day.

– So today you’ve got a great example of a recipe that we’re gonna cook that is good carbohydrates. – That’s exactly right, we’re making a vegan recipe which is a chick pea sweet potato curry. – Mmm, yummy. (upbeat music) – Alright here’s our ingredients for our curry. We have lots of great sources of complex carbs. We have our sweet potatoes, our chick peas, and our green peas. These foods will provide carbohydrates and protein, too. – I love it, let’s make it. – First we’re gonna add our onions. We’re gonna let these saute for about 10 minutes. Add in our jalapeno chile, garlic. We have some curry power, some gara marsala, some paprika. Pour in our coconut milk. Our tomatoes. Basically as soon as those spices are fragrant, the curry is ready to go. – I can’t wait to try it, but I think the biggest take away is to not cut carbs out of your diet completely, but choose the best carbs for your body.

– That’s exactly right. Food like this is gonna keep us full and satisfied and give us great energy for the entire day. – I love that, thank you so much, I can’t wait to dig in. For Stephanie’s recipe or more healthy eating information, just head to our website, livinghealthytv.com. Now let’s try this..

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