2. Carbs Prevent Binge Eating
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, particularly when you consume a meal high in “slow-release” carbohydrates. Starting your day with fiber-rich oatmeal or bran cereal will keep your blood sugar level, preventing spikes that cause mid-morning or afternoon binge eating.
3. Carbs Improve Mood
Research from the Archives of Internal Medicine proves that eating a diet rich in complex carbohydrates makes us happier. Findings revealed that diets higher in carbs encourage serotonin production, a happy chemical that lowers the instance of irritability, depression, and stress.
4. Carbs Keep Your Digestive System Running Smoothly
Did you know that your body can’t actually digest the fiber in the complex carbohydrates you eat? And that’s a good thing! Dietary fiber promotes healthy digestive by bulking up stool so that bowel movements are regular and also purges the intestines of certain chemicals, illnesses, and diseases (i.e., colon cancer).
5. Carbs Keep Your Heart Healthy
Studies show that the more soluble-fiber-rich carbohydrates you eat (i.e., from oats, beans, and other grains like quinoa and brown rice) reduce your “bad” LDL cholesterol while improving “good” HDL cholesterol.
6. Carbs Give You Energy
Sure, protein is an important part of any diet, but it’s carbohydrates that your body depends on for energy. So while you may increase your intake of lean protein to increase muscle-building prowess; your body needs carbs for quick energy conversion to fuel your workouts.