Fuel Up Well!

Looking to eat healthier in 2017 while increasing activity but unsure how? Read on to get the skinny on how to fuel your body well.

Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates are your body’s favorite fuel to use when exercising and it’s also your brain’s favorite fuel.  The brain actually requires 130 grams of carbohydrate each day and then consider your muscles also want carbohydrates for energy.

Carbohydrates sometimes get a bad rap but that’s generally because of the type of carbohydrate that is chosen.  Choose nutrient-rich carbohydrate sources such as vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, whole grains over refined, sugar added foods.

What you get from nutrient-rich carbohydrates?  Vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients (helpful chemicals naturally occurring in plant foods), and fiber are all found in vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, and whole grains.  Phytonutrients have protective effects on heart disease, eye health, inflammation, bone health, and certain cancers. Fiber can be helpful in lowering cholesterol, maintaining a healthy body weight, and controlling blood sugar.

Read more about Fueling Up with a Healthier Diet

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