Healthy eating: Your Carbohydrate questions answered



Over the past few decades, carbohydrates have gone from highly praised, to the enemy for weight loss. But is this controversial macronutrient really bad for you? For Susan Bowerman, Director, Nutrition Training, Herbalife, perhaps they are just misunderstood! Those on a low or no-carb diet will often steer clear of the most well-known sources such as bread, pasta and potatoes, but did you know that carbs are hiding in lots of other foods too? As Susan explains, “Lots of foods supply carbohydrates, which are good because carbs are what your body relies on for fuel."

However, Susan is quick to point out that all carbohydrates are not equal. Explaining that the least processed carbohydrates are the most beneficial, she lists fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains as the best options to choose. “In addition to carbohydrates, these foods deliver vitamins and minerals," she says. "And in the case of plant foods, they supply fibre too.”

The carbs to avoid are highly processed and refined; found in pastries, biscuits, white pasta & white flour breads, along with some savoury foods such as pizzas to name just a few. “These have little to offer the body other than kilojoules," says Susan. "So it makes sense to meet our carb needs from healthier sources, since many other nutrients are part of package."

Why is fibre important?

Many people are unaware that fibre is a type of carbohydrate, and is considered one of the most important dietary factor1. Found in foods such as fruits, vegetables and grains, fibre plays a big part in your bowel making it function at a normal rate.

Adults are recommended to consume 25 g fibre per day2, but most people fail to reach this recommendation3. Including high-fibre foods and fibre supplements in your daily eating plan can help you feel the benefits of fibre.

Try Herbalife Multifibre Drink; it’s a low – kilojoule drink that provides 5 g fibre per serving when made up with 150 ml of water. Even better, it’s delicious and has no added sugar!

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  1. Oat grain fibre contributes to an increase in faecal bulk.
  2. EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition, and Allergies (NDA).EFSA Journal 2010; 8(3):1462.
  3. 73% men & 87% women fail to meet their recommended daily fibre intake: The National Diet & Nutrition Survey (NDND); volume 2, 2003.
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