I recently enjoyed a conversation with a health conscious friend. The topic of nutrition centered around carbohydrates. My friend immediately said, “I never eat bread, it’s got carbs in it.” Well, that began our extended discussion about “simple” and “complex” carbohydrates and their place in a well balanced nutrition plan. I say “nutrition plan” instead of “diet” because that’s what it is a – life long plan to improve and maintain good nutrition.
Our bodies need “complex” carbohydrates for brain food and the intricate functions that it performs every minute of every day. Without them we can not think, walk, talk or interact with each other in a coherent manner. Complex carbohydrates are those wonderful foods that slowly release useful sugars our body uses to perform the necessary functions of life – whole grains, beans, legumes, etc., that keep our internal factories running at an efficient level.
So, the next time you have a conversation and the topic of nutrition enters the arena, add the idea that “complex” carbohydrates might just be a good source of brain food.