The benefits of natural carbohydrates – chickpeas, beans, lentils
Publish date:16 April 2019
Did you know that the daily calories intake from carbohydrates represents 50-60% of the daily necessary calories? Did you know these are a main energy source for our bodies?
Chickpeas, lentils and white beans are all part of the group of so-called good carbohydrates, the ones which are beneficial for our bodies, in particular due to their slow assimilation. Chickpeas are an excellent source of fibers and very rich in antioxidant phytonutrients. Lentils (“a small nutritional giant”) is a very good source of fibers that helps reduce cholesterol. Lastly, beans are a fat-free source of proteins with a high content of magnesium.
What are the good carbohydrates?
They are called good carbohydrates due to the fact that they decompose slowly, providing a constant energy ratio for a longer period. In addition, they help remove toxins, reduce the cholesterol level and maintain an ideal body weight.
What about the so-called bad carbohydrates? Pasta, cake, chips and soft drinks can generate large releases of insulin in the body, which can increase the cholesterol level in the blood, increasing the risk of cardiovascular conditions and diabetes.
In conclusion, carbohydrates play an important role in a healthy diet. A total exclusion of these from our diet is a mistake, we just need to choose the good ones.