Various keto, paleo and other diets based on fats and proteins, as well as “almost complete rejection of carbohydrates” are leading in the world weight loss trends today. But it is carbohydrates that are the main source of energy for the body … Today we will tell you why they should be present in the diet of every person and how to choose the right sources of carbohydrates!
Not all carbohydrates are created equal.
From the school biology course, many remember that all carbohydrates are divided into slow and fast. Fast (or simple) carbohydrates are found in common sugars and sugary foods, sugary fruits, some vegetables, and, oddly enough, milk. They are very quickly absorbed by the body and provide a sharp rise in strength and energy.
However, due to their rapid breakdown, simple carbohydrates provoke strong jumps in blood sugar levels, and excess energy, which has not had time to be processed by the body, is deposited in it in the form of fat reserves. That is why when they talk about giving up carbohydrates, they mean, first of all, fast carbohydrates.
Why are slow carbs needed?
Slow (or complex) carbohydrates are vital for the body. Unlike simple carbohydrates, complex carbohydrates are broken down by the body slowly and gradually. Thus, they are the most stable source of energy, help to reduce hunger for a long time and maintain a constant blood sugar level.
The best sources of slow carbs are starchy vegetables, legumes, durum pasta and, of course, cereals and grains. The active inclusion of these foods in the diet not only gives the body strength and energy, but also helps to maintain a beautiful and slim figure without exhausting yourself with restrictive diets.
Best sources of complex carbohydrates
Buckwheat is truly the queen of healthy cereals and slow carbohydrates! In addition to the fact that it is able to provide the body with energy for a long time, buckwheat contains many useful minerals and trace elements (including iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium and phosphorus), vitamins A, E and group B – very important for the proper functioning of the nervous system and brain function …
Of course, in order for all these trace elements to be preserved as much as possible in the finished cereal, the raw materials for it must be carefully selected, carefully cleaned and processed with high quality. This helps not only to preserve the nutritional value of buckwheat, but also to shorten the cooking time. It is especially convenient to cook buckwheat in portioned sachets, such as those from Makfa. Such buckwheat does not require rinsing, does not stick to the dishes and allows you to immediately calculate the required number of servings.
Pearl barley is another leader in the list of useful cereals. It is an excellent source of phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and fluoride. In addition, pearl barley is a kind of “youth complex”, a storehouse of vitamins E, PP, group B and useful amino acids (especially lysine) – very important for maintaining female youth and beauty of the skin.
So, Makfa pearl barley is made from high-quality Altai raw materials using the technology of gentle crushing, which allows you to maximize its usefulness for the body. It does not require rinsing or presoaking, which also helps preserve nutrients and vitamins.
For some reason, barley groats, which have not yet become widely used, are no less important and useful for the body. It contains up to 65% slow carbohydrates, about 6% fiber, which is useful and necessary for proper digestion, saturated fatty acids, vitamins D and B group (folic acid, which is especially useful for women), and many minerals.
To preserve all these beneficial trace elements, vitamins and fiber, Makfa barley grits are not subjected to grinding and polishing – only to optimal grinding. Proper processing and preparation of barley groats contributes to good digestion, a surge of strength and performance, and maintaining a slim figure.
Durum pasta is often cited as an excellent source of slow carbs. However, there is also a more non-standard alternative – wheat porridge. It retains all the beneficial properties of durum wheat, is an excellent source of energy as a complex carbohydrate and is suitable not only for preparing familiar side dishes, but can also act as a delicious dressing for soups or a delicate addition to minced meat for making cutlets and meatballs.
There are two types of wheat groats in the assortment of Makfa foods: Poltavskaya and Artek. Both are made from durum wheat by incomplete grinding and crushing of the grain to rounded, calibrated grains. This technology allows you to preserve the maximum of nutrients and ensure uniformity and speed of cooking.
Of course, this modest list is not limited to the sources of slow carbohydrates that should be present in our daily diet. It must include starchy vegetables, peas, and corn kernels … The main thing is to carefully choose these foods on the store shelf, giving preference to high-quality and proven foods from well-known manufacturers.
For example, all Makfa cereals are made from selected and high-quality raw materials, and many of them are grown in Altai, the ecological center of Russia. Strict quality control, a modern plant equipped with the latest technology, and careful processing of all cereals with the most gentle method … These mandatory production standards ensure not only purity and safety exceeding the requirements of GOST, but also maximum convenience and ease of preparation of all Makfa cereals.
All this once again confirms the idea that with the right choice of foods, even a healthy diet may well be not only useful, but also inexpensive and tasty!