7 Reasons you should be eating bread this weekend.
1. Carbs boost your mood.
You don’t need me to tell you that sometimes nothing will make you feel better than a big bowl of pasta, or some mashed potato, or a sandwich stuffed to the brim with your favourite filling. But carbohydrates really do have mood boosting magical powers!
According to Web MD eating more of the right carbohydrates allows more tryptophan (an amino acid) to enter the brain meaning more serotonin can be synthesised. I guess eating more carbs is like going on a holiday to a sunny place.
Read more about it here:
2. Carbs help you lose weight.
I know this goes against a lot of people’s views on carbs, particularly with the popularity of low-carb diets being the secret to weight loss. BUT carbs can be a really good source of fibre, which can promote weight loss and they make you feel full quicker compared with sugary, fatty foods so in theory you should eat less.
But considering we have already established that carbs make you feel so good you do have to be careful not to overeat on these mood boosting delights.
3. Carbs keep your memory sharp.
If Forbes says that low-carb diets make you dumber then it must be true. I am very happy to believe I am smarter because I eat carbs.
Our brain cells need glucose to work and carbohydrates are one of the best sources of this. A yummy, wholemeal loaf of bread is actually a better source of sugar than a chocolate bar!
4. Carbs are the best source for energy.
You don’t just need energy if you are active but you need it to breathe, sit still, or think. So even if you have a pretty sedentary lifestyle it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat carbs.
A great time to stock up on carbs is first thing in the morning. It will wake you up, set you up for your day and should keep you full until lunchtime.
5. Carbs reduce your risk of disease.
Carbs, being such a good source of fibre, promote healthy bowels! Eating fibre helps reduce the risk of constipation and lowers cholesterol.
According to the NHS the average person eats 18g of fibre a day when it should be more like 30g. You don’t need to tell me twice to stock up on some more carbs.
6. Carbs speed up metabolism.
I’m sure we’ve all heard how spicy foods, coffee, and green tea all speed up your metabolism. Matt Stone in ‘Eat for Heat’ suggests eating more carbs will boost your metabolism. He also emphasises that doing this will increase your energy as well as have positive effects on your hair and body temperature!
You can read about Ann Marie’s experience with this here:
Also any blog called Cheese Slave definitely gets my approval.
7. Carbs are really, really yummy.
Pizza, pasta, potatoes, bread: these are the staples of comfort food. It is important to remember that everything is good for you in moderation. And don’t be put off by the proliferation of the view that carbs = weight gain. Because not only is that not true, but life it too short to cut out everyone’s favourite food group!
The NHS website has a great page dedicated to busting myths about carbs!