Carbohydrate Foods

Bananas

Easy to eat and digest. Absolutely loaded with fast acting carbohydrates. Bananas have double the carbohydrates contained by apples and five times the amount of Vitamin A and iron, and three times as much phosphorus.

They are potassium rich which helps the body deliver oxygen to the brain, keep the heartbeat regular and fluid balance throughout the body. Potassium also helps in the reduction of death by strokes by as much as 40% and regulates blood pressure.

Bananas contain a particular type of fibre which helps to maintain regular bowel functions. This is so much better than having to use laxatives as these do not promote regularity but rather use chemicals or other substances to act against constipation. Eating bananas does not cause such problems as diarrhoea.

Bananas are also mood enhancers therefore lifting the spirits. Another plus, as far as women are concerned, is that they can reduce menstrual pains. Contain vitamin B6 regulating blood glucose levels.

They contain natural sugars: sucrose, fructose and glucose.

All in all they can be classed as a super food. Two bananas produce enough energy for an hour and a half of exercise.

Cereals and Grains

Cereals and wholegrain foods can lower the risk of suffering diseases such as coronary heart disease, colon cancer, diabetes and diverticular disease.

Rich source of carbohydrates, especially brown rice. Whole grains reckoned to be more healthy than refined grains due to the retention of fibre, vitamins and minerals. As they are absorbed more slowly they provide a more lasting source of energy.

Cereals and grains include rice, barley, oat, wheat, rye, corn. Whole grains are particularly beneficial as they haven’t had the goodness stripped away from them. They come in various forms, such as: wholegrain breads and crispbreads, wholegrain breakfast cereals, wheatgerm, bulgar, couscous and oatmeal.

Grains consist of three layers: bran, endosperm and germ. Wholegrain retains all these parts.

Because of the high fibre contained they move food through the digestive system at a good rate. This is beneficial to the as there is a reduction of the risk of cancers of the colon, stomach and other cancers of the digestive system.

 

 

Energy Bars

There are various types and they are suitable for different times. You do need to read the wrappers carefully. There are so called energy bars which are stuffed full with sugar. If you want them for snacking then make sure that they contain fruit, nuts and whole grain with a minimum amount of sugar. To be certain that the content is to your liking why not make them yourself.

 

Yogurt

Choose low fat with no added sugar.

 

Porage

Make it with semi skimmed or even skimmed milk. Good source of carbohydrate especially for breakfast. You can add fruit such as sliced banana

 

Bread

Best to choose whole grain bread because it contains fibre, vitamins and minerals all of which are stripped out in white bread.

 

Pasta

Go for the whole wheat pasta.

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