Health & Fitness

Fit or Fat: The Better Way to Eat Carbohydrates

Key Takeaway

You want to look your best, so you google the quickest way to slim down before the big feast on Christmas eve.

The holidays are fast approaching. It’s the season of family reunions and endless picture-taking sessions. You want to look your best, so you google the quickest way to slim down before the big feast on Christmas eve.

However, almost all search results show the same advice: Cut down on carbohydrates. But are carbs truly the villains of a healthy balanced diet? The short and simple answer to that is: It depends.

Reducing the number of carbohydrates you consume daily is a proven effective way to lose weight. Low-carb diets slow down your appetite and cause you to consume fewer calories. You can eat until you feel full and satisfied without worrying about the added numbers on your weighing scale.

It’s a challenge to say goodbye to carbs, especially for those of us who love to pair our viands with rice. Luckily, there’s a way to keep this delicious, healthy grain in your diet. Labeling carbs as the bad guy may set you up for nutrient deficiencies and reduced performance. If you’re looking to maintain your fitness goals without compromising your good health, understanding the difference between good and bad carbohydrates is a great way to start.

Say hello to good carbohydrates

In a nutshell, good carbohydrates are nutrient-dense foods that come from natural sources. These whole foods are packed with vitamins and minerals that leave you feeling fuller for longer.

What you should keep away from are empty carbohydrates — food that hold little to no nutritional value. These are fat, salt, and sugar-rich over-processed foods that you would commonly see at the nearest grocery. Unlike good carbs, consuming extensively-processed food may leave you half-starved, even after you’ve finished a whole plate.

Swapping white rice with brown rice

All rice grains undergo a process to remove a sturdy outer hull. When producing white rice, an additional process is needed, which strips off fifty percent of the nutrients. Although white rice offers a sweeter taste and smoother texture, it’s not as nutrient-dense as brown rice. This means that it does a lousy job in keeping the hunger pangs at bay.

Another advantage of choosing brown rice is its versatility. There’s a wide selection of ways to prepare this superfood. Some enjoy it fried, baked, or topped on dessert. However, if you’re not a fan of its grainy texture, perhaps you’ll like it as a tasty drink.

NutriBrownRice, an award-winning nutrient-packed product now available on the Goodwill Market, is a brown rice instant beverage that offers up to 8 times more nutrient benefits as its grain counterpart. It is made from the freshest possible unpolished brown rice. Vitamin E, an antioxidant to fight against free radical that could damage human cell, is not found in a bowl of cooked-brown rice, but a 1.9mg is found in NutriBrownRice No Sugar Added (with prebiotic). This will provide nearly 12.7% of the daily Vitamin E requirement of the body. It’s a great, convenient drink that you can enjoy as an on-the-go breakfast, power lunch, or light dinner.

Meals are better enjoyed with friends or family, and the same is true for NutriBrownRice. Exclusive deals are offered when you purchase in bulk: A 5% discount awaits orders of 2, while a 10% discount is given for orders of 5. Healthy choices have never been this accessible.

Making better choices means getting creative and finding the healthiest variants of your favorite dishes. This way, you can enjoy your everyday meal without worrying about cutting out yummy grains. — (TGM)

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