Tammy Hua Dietitian

What is a Low-Carb diet? (1)

I’ve realised that LONG blogs make people lose interest, so I divided this one into two πŸ˜€

Many people claim that a low carb diet is the best diet: β€œit helps people lose weight with almost zero efforts, it makes you energetic, and it’s a cure for diabetes.”
Is it really? Are there any bad side effects of this diet?

I did some research, in fact, FIFTY articles to be exact, on low-carb diet and how it impacts on our body and health.

What kinds of food contain carbohydrates?

Firstly, we need to know what food contains carbohydrates: it includes, but not limited to, table sugar, grains, noodles, rice, bread, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, sweet corn, peas, legumes, vegetables and fruits, even nuts and milk.

Therefore, a low carb diet means a diet with less amount of those abovementioned and includes a higher percentage of fat or protein in the diet; and ketogenic diet, will need to exclude a lot of fruits and vegetables.

Are all carbohydrates the same?

Nope.
You get carbohydrates that are low GI and that are high GI, low GI basically means the carb in the food is converted into sugar slowly in your body, and high GI means it’s converted very quickly, leading a sugar and insulin spike and then a drop in your blood, and it doesn’t keep you full for long.

How low is to low?

The current β€œrecommended” percentage for carbohydrate in total energy has been 45 – 65%, many studies on low-carb diet had varied from 12% – 40%, or a very low carbohydrate percentage of below 10% of the total energy.

 

SUCH a brief introduction. I will write about the effects of a low carb diet on our body – whether it’s good or bad – let’s wait and see!

Xoxo Tammy

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