Though the Seven Wonders of the World continue to baffle and intrigue, there is an even weightier enigma that mankind attempts to uncover time and time again: carbohydrates.
Whether it's good or bad, everyone has something to say about carbs these days. They have become one of the hottest topics of conversation, taking over front pages and sweeping the airwaves. Yet, with all the buzz, the primary health functions of carbohydrates remain a hidden mystery.
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Luckily, unlike the great wonders of the world, the answers to this great nutritional puzzle are not far from reach. Good carbs, bad carbs, complex and simple -- what's the difference?
Nutritionist Susan Burke has made it her mission to untangle the web and separate facts from fiction when it comes to carbs.
"Picture a cubic zirconium and a whole diamond -- they both look like diamonds but only one of them is the real thing. This is the difference between refined carbs and unrefined or complex carbs," Susan says.
"For example, think about a loaf of (white) bread and think about a loaf of whole-grain wheat bread that has some wheat berries in it. Unlike the whole-grain loaf, which is naturally full of different types of vitamins, minerals, micronutrients and fiber, the (white) bread has been taken out of its natural form, processed, then put together to make an imitation of the real thing."
We eat food, not just carbohydrates. It's the amount of carbs and how the body processes them that make the difference. Consuming carbohydrates, especially before and after strenuous exercise, can help provide energy, prevent hunger and delay fatigue.