Have you ever noticed there is no such thing as an essential carbohydrate? We have essential amino acids and essential fats, but no such thing as essential carbs. We need carbohydrates for the vitamins and minerals they contain. For instance, vegetables contain most of the nutrients that our body needs, so we gorge on them. But there are no essential carbohydrates. Also, carbs end up as glucose in our bodies, and we certainly do not need too much of that. As keto diets have demonstrated, we can do just fine by fueling our bodies with fat.
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The other mistake we come across is that a low-carb diet is mistaken for a low-calorie diet, but they’re not the same thing. To put this in layman’s terms, your body needs the nutrients from vegetables but does not require the nutrients from grains because of the load digesting grains puts on the body and also because of the effects of gluten (which turns into sugar very quickly). Another myth that gets perpetrated is that a low-carb diet is hard to keep up with and will lead to cravings. But that’s not true. In fact, replacing high-carb foods with low-carb foods reduces cravings. Further, low-carb does not automatically mean high protein. You can have fewer carbs and moderate amounts of protein and still feel satiated. Including low-carb foods in your diet reduces insulin resistance, which improves health dramatically in terms of heart health, weight, skin, liver, and even your energy levels and moods.
Here is a list of low-carb foods that will help you improve your health:
A medium-sized avocado contains 13 grams of carbohydrates (mostly fiber), three grams of protein, a little over 20 grams of fat (over 60% of which are monounsaturated fats), and around 10 grams of fiber. This fruit is great for your metabolism and cardiovascular health as well. Some studies showed that adding avocados to a diet lowered LDL cholesterol levels and improved HDL levels. At 19% carbohydrates, this fruit is a gift to your health.
Raw broccoli is 90 percent water, 7 percent carbohydrates, 3 percent protein, and almost no fat….