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Why eating carbs will increase the risk to heart disease

Posted by: info@esthergodoy.com on February 24, 2017

eating carbs

If you didn’t already know, carbohydrates are not very good for your health. When we say not very good, we mean they’re actually very bad. In a recent health lecture, cardiology specialist, Dr. Yusuf and his team spoke about the dangers that carbs have on our health and overall well-being. According to him, the more carbs you eat, the higher the risk of getting heart disease. Gone are the days when we were told to watch the fats in what we eat, instead what we should be looking at according to him is the carbs intake.

WHY ARE CARBS BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH?

 When we eat foods that are high in carbohydrates, our bodies break it up into glucose. Following this, insulin is produced which is the hormone released by the pancreas that helps manage our blood pressure. Foods high in carbohydrates will raise your blood pressure too much too quickly, forcing insulin to pull glucose out of the blood stream. This process is what happens when you start to on the sugar-low, shortly after consumption.

BUT WHY HIGH FAT? 

high fat

Eating a diet that is high in fats yes can be challenging at first, but ultimately it seems that its benefits are very rewarding. Your body will first need time to get used to getting its energy from the fats stored in your body, but once it does, you will definitely start feeling better. Your body uses the fat as fuel so gradually you will start losing body fat. Sugar is like a drug, so when you swap the carbs for high fats, you will go through all the feels: the moodiness, feeling tired, having cravings. But don’t give up because better days are just around the corner and once your body is gets used to with it, you’ll be functioning even better.

LCHF DIET

The LCHF (low carb high fat) diet is definitely rising in popularity and its health benefits are definitely being spoken about more. It is also known as the Scandinavian diet as people in Sweeden and Norway tend to follow this type of diet. The foods that are most common with this type of diet are cheese, full fat milk, meat, eggs, butter, full fat Greek yoghurt, fish, avocado, broccoli, nuts and seeds and more. What you want to steer clear off is the enemy we mentioned above and that’s the carbs. Get ready to say goodbye to pasta, bread, corn, fries, potatoes in general, sweets, low fat foods, grains, alcohol.

 

FOODS HIGH IN FATS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER

Nuts

nuts

Nuts are those miraculous little snacks that give so much goodness to our bodies. Indeed they are high in fat, hence why portion control is needed. Almonds and walnuts are among some of the healthiest out of the nuts family, followed closely by macadamias and cashews. They make for an ideal inbetween meals snack or as a mix that you can sprinkle on your morning oats bowl or in your smoothie.

Chia seeds

chia

Oh the goodness of chia seeds, they can make anything taste better. They are high in monosaturated fats such as Omega-3 fatty acids which can help lower high blog pressure and also have an anti-inflammatory effect. Chia seeds can be used in any types of dishes at any time of the day. They go great in a breakfast parfait or pudding, or sprinkled on a healthy salad.

Avocadoes

avocadoes

Who doesn’t love them? Considered one of the most consumed superfoods, avocadoes have huge health benefits. Although they are higher in fats than some animal products, it is what gives them their creamy texture. Avocadoes are high in fibre which aids digestion. This delicious fruit has many vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, C K1 and B9 which is essential for normal cell function.

Do you follow a LCHF diet? We’ve got plenty of sweet and healthy recipes to help inspire you.

 

 

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