Written by The Camp Shane Team

This week’s weight loss tip is understanding and preparing healthy carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes and sugar. There are simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates like sugars are quick energy sources. Complex carbohydrates like starches take longer to digest. Some simple carbohydrates come from ‘sometimes’ foods like soda and candy, which have lots of sugar and not a lot of vitamins. But many come from foods that are a healthier source for carbohydrates such as apples, bananas, grapes, and raisins. These give you extra nutrients such as vitamins and minerals. Complex carbohydrates, like starches and fiber, supply longer lasting energy. Examples of complex carbohydrates are bread, cereals, pasta and vegetables. It’s important to not eat more carbohydrates than are needed for energy or else the extra energy will stored in the liver or in the tissues as fat.

Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals. They help you to grow, heal and keep your skin, eyes, heart and digestive system healthy. Listed below are the protective properties that are found in red, orange, green, and purple fruits and vegetables.

Red fruits and vegetables have:

  • Vitamin A- keeps your eyes healthy
  • Vitamin C- heals cuts and wounds and keeps gums and teeth healthy
  • Lycopene- in tomatoes, protects the cells of your body
  • Potassium- protects your heart and blood vessels

Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables have:

  • Folic Acid- helps your body make red blood cells
  • Vitamin A- keeps your eyes and skin healthy
  • Vitamin C- helps heal cuts and wounds and keeps gums and teeth healthy
  • FiberWeight Loss Tip: Eating Healthy Carbohydrates

Green fruits and vegetables have:

  • Vitamin E- protects the cells of your body
  • Iron- provides your blood cells with oxygen
  • B vitamins- helps your body make energy
  • Folic Acid- helps your body make red blood cells
  • Calcium- build strong bones
  • Vitamins A and C

Purple fruits and vegetables have:

  • Anthocyanin’s which protect the cells of your body
  • Vitamin C- helps cuts and wounds heal and keeps gums and teeth healthy
  • Fiber

 

Weight Loss Tip: Eating Healthy Carbohydrates

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