What happens when we eat carbs?
Carbs are the petrol that fuels the body’s engine. During the digestive process, the body breaks down carbs from food into sugar (glucose), which then moves into the bloodstream and into our cells for energy.
When we don’t eat enough carbs to maintain this steady glucose supply, we force our bodies to start using protein or fat for energy. This is a back-up system to see your body through a surprise famine, so it’s a less efficient process.
Glucose is also the main source of energy for the brain, so it’s key to our thinking and our memory. Plus, without carbs, our muscles lack the energy reserves to respond properly to emergencies. Carbs are essential to life!
But not all carbs are equal, and choosing the right ones can really make a big difference to your weight, mood and energy levels.