But first: what are carbohydrates and why are “carbs” such a hot-topic in health & nutrition? Carbohydrates are one of the three macronutrients that our bodies require for energy. Carbohydrates, carbs for short, are grouped as simple natural (lactose in milk and fructose in fruit), simple refined (table sugar), complex natural (whole grains or beans) and complex refined (white flour).
Common sources of naturally occurring carbohydrates include grains, fruits, vegetables, milk, nuts, seeds and legumes. In general, complex carbohydrates are digested more slowly and they have less effect on blood sugar than refined carbohydrates and complex cabs also provide fibre.
Our bodies use carbohydrates as our main energy source. During digestion, complex carbs are broken down into simple sugars (glucose) and released into your blood (blood glucose). Insulin is released to help glucose enter the body's cells, where it can be used for energy. Extra glucose is stored in the liver and muscles, and some is converted to body fat. A low-carb diet is intended to cause the body to burn stored fat for energy, which generally leads to weight loss.
Low-carb diets that emphasize healthy sources of fat and protein may help lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. In fact, almost any food or fitness protocol that helps shed excess weight may improve blood sugar and cholesterol levels, at least temporarily. That is why whatever meals you choose from our freshly prepared and delivered meals you can be assured are made with care with fresh quality ingredients and are gluten, nut, soy and dairy free.
When starting a low-carb diet, it’s important to do so gradually. First, reduce the intake of high-carb foods and replace them with leafy vegetables or healthy fats like avocado and seeds. You may feel a bit of carbohydrate “withdrawal” - this is normal and typically subsides after a few days to a week. Next, you can try to tweak the amount of total carbohydrates you are consuming. We always recommend working with a health-care practitioner, like a dietician or a nutritionist, to safely make these changes.
Our healthy prepared meals feature top quality animal and fish protein with a variety of low glycemic vegetables. Many of our customers are able to achieve their weight loss goals when enjoying our meals as they are crafted for optimum nutrition. If you are striving to limit or reduce your carbohydrate intake, be sure to order our Low-Carb meals to help reach your health goals.