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Myth Busting: The Carbohydrate Controversy

In honor of National Diabetes Month we are here to bust the myth surrounding carbohydrates. Over the years, carbohydrates have gotten bad press. You may have heard that carbs lead to weight gain, diabetes, or increase inflammation BUT carbs are actually not the enemy.

What are Carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates are one of the three macronutrients (along with protein and fat), which means they are one of the main sources of energy for our body. They consist of sugars, starches, and fibers found in grains, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products.

Simple vs Complex Carbohydrates

There are two groups of carbohydrates – simple and complex, or refined and whole grain. The difference lies in how they are broken down in the body. Simple or refined carbohydrates are absorbed quickly, which could lead to blood sugar spikes and crashes. Examples are white bread, baked goods, soda, honey, and syrup. Complex carbohydrates, or whole grains, are larger molecules and are absorbed more slowly, which keeps our blood sugar steady. Examples include grains, fruits, and vegetables. Complex carbs contain all three parts of the grain – the bran, the germ, and the endosperm. Whereas, refined grains only have the endosperm. Complex carbohydrates also tend to be higher in fiber, which helps us feel satisfied longer.

The Benefits

Complex carbohydrates pack a nutritious punch with a variety of vitamins and minerals – B vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium, and more depending on the food. The high fiber content of complex carbs can help lower LDL, or the “bad” cholesterol, maintain digestive and heart health, and keeps blood sugar consistent. Simple carbohydrates definitely have a place in a healthy diet, restriction is not the answer. Be mindful of portion sizes and try to pair refined carbohydrates with protein or fat to help slow down the digestion process and keep blood sugar stable.

Carbohydrates and Diabetes

Carbohydrates CAN fit into a well-balanced and healthy diet for an individual with diabetes – no need to avoid an entire food group and our body’s main source of energy. Focus on including complex carbohydrates from sources like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, and dairy products. Just like any other healthy diet, try to avoid foods with a ton of added sugars. Be consistent with your carbohydrate intake and spread them out during the day to prevent blood sugar spikes and drops.

Whole Grain Examples:

  • Whole wheat bread
  • Quinoa
  • Brown rice
  • Wild rice
  • Farro
  • Freekeh
  • Barley
  • Couscous
  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Fruit
  • Veggies
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • What are your favorite carbohydrates to add to your daily meals?
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  • November 13, 2019

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“Thank you and your staff for all the care and thought you give CSW adults and students. You approach events with such care and elegance- I don’t know how you do it! Especially day after day. Please thank all your staff for their wonderful work and kind manner with all of us. Here is to a great year!”

“Thank You! Chef Budd [and team], you overcame a new online ordering system (and hundreds of labels daily!), provided creative and healthy menus, continued to connect with local farmers to incorporate locally sourced ingredients, and worked tirelessly to serve the school community on three campuses.  While it feels like you are all a little like the Wizard of Oz right now, working behind a curtain in a kitchen far away, we sense your smiles and your passion to deliver the best possible service during these trying times. We are all so grateful!”

“Thank you for including me today in the food waste demonstration/[chef competition] and flattering me with the role of “judge.” I will proudly don the [Stop Food Waste Day] apron the next time I plan an “event” in our own kitchen. I think this is a very worthwhile cause and the statistics you read off are staggering. They, alone, can intimidate a home chef, let alone be the “driver’ for a professional one.”

“I ALWAYS feel spoiled by the meal offerings at CSW (The Cambridge School of Weston) and am entirely grateful for it. As I eat today's delicious and lavish lunch (and think about yesterday's as well), I can't tell you how much I feel so well cared for here, both with the food and by the dining hall staff. CSW cares for us in so many ways, both big and small.”

“I have really appreciated the wonderful cafeteria staff we have via Culinart and the thoughtful meals they provide our kids. They're truly one in a million. I have also really appreciated the dedication Parker and CulinArt share to sustainability and green practices on campus. I am so thankful that Parker has chosen CulinArt, a company that shares Parker values, and that they took the time and effort at such a hard time to make sure that Parker is always on the forefront of green practices and safety - never compromising.”

“What a wonderful dinner we had tonight for our international families. The food was delicious and well presented as well.”

“I just wanted to touch base as another school year draws to end. I cannot thank you enough for how smoothly this year went. Chef Felix [Herrera] and his staff made it seamless in a year with lots of wrinkles.    ”

“We were totally impressed by the presentation and care in which these new team members were brought into the CulinArt family. So happy we made the decision to choose CulinArt Group.”

“Many, and I do mean many, thanks for a great Parents Weekend.  I heard from so many happy parents and you all work very hard to make it happen.  In gratitude and kindness…”

“I wanted to let you know that for this entire school year I have been so well fed! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE all the diversity of salad choices we have each day and the amazing entrees.  My favorites are the carnitas, chili, curry, and cajun chicken days.  I am so grateful for all the care that goes into the food because I know I do not eat enough vegetables or balanced meals without you and your crew's work.  Thank you so much!  You take such great care of us!!”

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