Are Carbs Bad For You

Why Carbs Are Bad For You?

Are Carbs Bad For You?There are some carbohydrates that are genuinely good for you and we need in our everyday diet. Some carbohydrates we need to stay away from as they are not good for our bodies.

So, what is the difference?

Carbohydrates are an important Macronutrient and we need them in our diet as they are our main source of energy. However, I keep getting asked which food types should we eat and which ones she would learn to avoid?

Here I want to explain to you how to make the right food choices to give you the energy you need.

So why are carbs bad for you?

Are some carbs good for you?

Good Carbohydrates vs Bad Carbohydrates

The difference between the two can be quite simple as follows: –

  1. 1. Good Carbohydrates are foods that are in their natural state as in they look like they come from the earth e.g. Tomatoes, not tomato sauce, real Oranges instead of orange juice, Brown rice instead of white rice etc. Stay away from food that is processed and refined as it is easier for your body to digest and use the nutrients to keep us healthy.
  1. 2. Bad Carbohydrates is any food that is unrecognizable in its truest form. If it does not Run, Swim, or live on the earth and is therefore a processed food, stay away from them. These foods are usually full of added salt, added sugar and completely stripped of any nutrients that may have once existed. Our bodies cannot digest this food and they are extremely unhealthy for us. Therefore, foods that are highly processed in tins, packets etc should be exchanged for food in their truly natural state.

Good Carbohydrates/Fibre are important in our diet and generally have a low calorie, density. They are generally high in lots of nutrients needed to keep our bodies healthy as well as satisfying our hunger.

High in fibre means that we can regulate our blood sugar better as well as our insulin levels and LDL bad cholesterol. This type of food will fill you up so helps with losing weight.Good Carbs

Low in sodium and saturated fat means low cholesterol and trans fats.

Foods in this sector include

Whole Grains – Whole Wheat, Quinoa, Buckwheat

Fibre Rich Fruit – Apples, Berries, Bananas

Fibre Rich Vegetables – Broccoli, Cauliflower, Leafy Greens, Carrots

Beans – Black Beans, Haricot Beans, Soya Beans

Bad Carbohydrates/Simple are a true role reversal in that they are so bad for our health and for anyone looking to lose weight.

High in calorie density and high in refined sugars. High in refined grains such as white flour.

Nutrient empty and low in fibre.

Most of these foods are high in sodium and saturated fat and most often high in trans fats and cholesterol.

Fizzy Drinks



Fruit Juices

Breakfast Cereal


Bad Carbs

Simple Carbohydrates mean simple nutrition. Usually it means that sugars in various forms are added to types of food as part of the processing which changes its nutrition values.

Raw Sugar

Brown Sugar

Corn Syrup

Glucose, Fructose and Sucrose

Fruit Juice Concentrate

Starchy Carbohydrates are needed for our body as they are a main source of energy for our brain and muscles. We often eat far too many starchy foods which are very calorie dense with extraordinarily little nutrient value. What’s more excess starch and sugars are easily converted to fat and will spike blood sugar levels.

Foods that fall into this category are starchy vegetables, grains or flours.




The best type of foods to eat in this sector are wholegrain and higher fibre foods including whole wheat pasta and whole grains, brown rice

How Many Carbohydrates Should We Eat Daily?

The recommended daily allowance is 260 grams for adults.

1 gram of Carbohydrates is about 4 Calories

Carbohydrates breakdown into glucose within the body which is our main source of fuel also known as energy.

Most foods contain some type of carbohydrate as I mentioned above.

To stay healthy, it is important to stay away from simple carbohydrates and revert more to eating more complexed carbohydrates.

Health Issues

Overeating simple carbohydrates can have a dramatic effect on our health and can lead to several risks.

Diabetes Type ll

Is when your body is not producing enough insulin or the insulin that it is producing is not effective.

This leads to blood glucose levels in our body rising which can be very harmful.


Obesity in the UK continues to be on the rise and is mainly due to the food we it. Unfortunately, in the western world we have grown up to it eating more processed type food rather than freshly prepared food.

Most processed food is full of simple carbohydrates which are calorie dense and nutrition low. Therefore, we eat more than we should, and this is how we start to put on the increased weight.


Populations with a high fibre diet have experienced lower levels of bowel cancer than those eating less fibre.

Heart DiseaseHeart Disease

A high blood cholesterol level is associated to Cardiovascular Disease. Some foods that can contribute to this are Milk, Cheese, Pastries, Muffins, Fatty Meats.

However, there are certain complexed carbohydrate foods such as whole grains and resistant starches which have been linked to good heart health.

Dental Health

It is important for good dental health that you refrain from eating foods with a high sugar content.

Sugars break down the enamel of the teeth through the erosion by the acid caused by bacteria.

It is therefore important to limit sugary food and drink and also to ensure that you brush your teeth regularly.


There has been a lot of scientific research around the type of food we eat and the harm we are doing to our own bodies.

Both the control of weight and the link to certain health conditions such as Cancers, Diabetes and heart disease to name a few, can all be linked to our diet.

Therefore, it is important for both the way we look both inside and outside to ensure we eat good, clean whole some food, rich in nutrients.

Why would you not want to give your body what it needs to look good and feel amazing!



  1. Jamie

    For a large portion of my life I have heard that ‘all carbs are bad’ and it’s so great that finally we have some actual trustworthy information about the subject. I have been depriving myself of all carbs in dieting periods when really it was only the bad ones I needed to cut! 

    Thanks for this great article!

    1. Imelda Easthorpe

      Thank you Jamie,

      I really liked your comments and I am so pleased to be able to help.

      Carbohydrates are one of the biggest macro nutrients that we can eat so important to our bodies.

      Thank you 

  2. Mike Adkins

    Hi – This is so very true. I am Diabetic and control the amount of Carbs I have each day. I have been like this for 40 Years and stick to wholemeal bread, brown rice and fresh veg.

    I have the occasional treat such as a fresh warm white loaf but this is a treat and very enjoyable.

    With my condition I have become acutely aware of the high carb content of many fast and processes foods. My wife sometimes buys Pizzas if the grandchildren are over, when I look at the box and see the huge amount of carbs and fats in a pizza it makes me amazed that there is not more public information and warnings around such foods. Don’t get me wrong its a lovely treat now and again BUT there are many family’s here in the UK who “live” on this type of food.

    That’s why we have such a high rate of obesity!

    Kind Regards Mike

    1. Imelda Easthorpe

      Thank you Mike,

      I am so pleased that I was able to share with you and pleased you told us your story too.

      Yes I did a piece on obesity where I ranted on the government and people becoming addicted to sugar through Junk Food and Processed Food.

      Thank you 

  3. Carlos

    Once I have diabetes II, I avoid any kind of carbs. I would never imagine there are good carbs with high fiber content. It is really interesting also the correlation with other diseases like cancer caused by obesity. I am very pleased to read this information. I will try some of these good carbs and monitor my blood sugar to see the effects.

    1. Imelda Easthorpe

      Thank you Carlos, i really appreciate your comments and I hope that some of these ideas will help you. Lots of fibre helps you live longer and helps your gut. Approximately 30 grams per day and for yourself more vegetables and grains.

      Thank you so much

  4. Juliet

    Thank you for this post Imelda. I have a big passion for food and eating healthy. The experts say you are what you eat, I agree with you on good carbohydrates and bad carbohydrates. If you eat healthy your body will be healthy. Likewise if one eats bad carbs it’s like sitting on a time bomb ill health will catch up with him or her. 

    1. Imelda Easthorpe

      Thank you Juliet,

      I really appreciate you sharing your comments with me and I am so pleased that you feel the same. As you stated “if you eat healthy your body will be healthy”.

      Thank you so much

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