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Carbs Are Friends, Not Foes

What if we told you carbs are the best friend you’ve been looking for?

A friend that makes you feel better... one that fuels and nourishes you EVERY DAY. Sounds like an epic friend, huh?

You may have heard rumors that, “CaRbS aRe BaD fOr YoU.” But did you know that carbohydrates are your body's primary energy source, AND they’re essential to a balanced diet?

While we can’t stand up to every carb-hater, we can help debunk this idea that they’re bad for you, so that you and carbs can establish that relationship you’ve been longing for.

Let’s talk about it!

What’s a carb?

Carbs are sugar molecules that your body breaks down into glucose (aka blood sugar) which literally energizes your entire body, from your cells to your brain, organs, and central nervous system.  (MedlinePlus) (Reid Health

You know how mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell? Great! You 1000% passed high school Biology class, smartie pants. Carbs are basically the mitochondria, and the cell is your smokin' hot bod (in case you don’t hear it enough). Without carbs, how else are you gonna run that extra hill or wrangle up your three kiddos running around the house? 

Carbs fuel you. Plain and simple.  


Are there different kinds of carbs? 

With carbs – just like everything in this world – there is no one size fits all. Our bodies are individually unique, and something that works for you may not work for someone else. But, we can help you understand why some carbs might be superior to others.  

When you think of carbs the first thing that comes to mind is probably bread, right? Well, did you know there are three types of carbs: starches, sugar, and fiber. 

Starches and fiber are complex carbohydrates and sugar is a simple carbohydrate.  

Let’s start with simple carbs because they are... ya know... simple.  

Simple carbs don’t contain any nutritional value and are typically added to foods in the form of refined sugar and corn syrup. They’re common in foods like soda or candy.  

When it comes to carbs, the more complex the better! 

Complex carbs pack in a bunch of nutrients your body needs for energy. They’re higher in fiber and help you stay fuller way longer than simple carbs. (Healthline) Complex carbs are found in whole plant foods like fruits, veggies, beans, and — our personal favorite — whole grains

So, when you start the day with a stack of Kodiak flapjack or waffles, you can feel good knowing your breakfast is crafted with nourishing ingredients like 100% whole grains that fuel your body with energy and help you stay fuller, longer.  

But just so you know we aren’t all talk, here’s some tips from registered dietitian, Andrea Mathis, about crafting a balanced meal with carbs. 


A dietitian's guide to carbs

Who should eat carbs? 

"Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for our body. Some medical conditions may require some individuals to limit or monitor their carb intake, but other than that, everyone should be encouraged to eat carbs." 

How do you suggest incorporating carbs into a meal?   

"I would suggest choosing complex carbs—such as whole grains, fruits, and beans—and include a serving with meals and snacks." 

Do you have advice to those nervous about adding carbs into their meals?  

"I would suggest viewing carbs as the best fuel for your body instead of focusing on the calorie/fat/sugar content. Remember that food has no moral value." 

What’s the best benefit of including carbs into a diet?   

"Carbohydrates provide fuel that is needed for our bodies to function properly. That’s why it’s essential to include them in your daily diet regimen." 

What tips do you have for crafting a balanced meal? What’s your go-to breakfast?  

"A balanced meal usually consists of a source of carbohydrates, a serving of protein, some healthy fats, and one or more servings of fruits and vegetables. I like to recommend filling half of your plate with vegetables and fruit at most of your meals. My go-to breakfast is a quick and easy fruit & granola yogurt parfait, or whole wheat pancakes!"



Did we scare you? No, of course not because carbs aren’t scary!  

Carbs can, and should, be incorporated into your balanced diet if they’re not already.  

The Dietary Guidelines for America suggest that carbs make up 45%-65% of your daily calories. If you’d like to learn more about those fancy scientific calculations, here’s a link that can guide you. 

We’re not here to tell you what to put in your body. BUT, if you’re looking for some wholesome suggestions- and a new friend - our pantry is full of carb-friendly, balanced options! 

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