So why we keep talking about CARBS?

So why we keep talking about CARBS?

By Dr. Juan Salinas

Part 1: Understanding the Basics of Low Glycemic Carbs

Once again, we discussed with Dr. Juan the topic of carbs. The discussion began with an exploration of the fundamentals, shedding light on the distinction between low and high glycemic carbs.

Dr. Juan elucidated the process by which carbohydrates, including sugars, are broken down in the body. He likened sugar to the gasoline that fuels an engine, explaining how it is broken down into glucose and fructose, which then enter the bloodstream. Glucose, in particular, plays a crucial role in providing energy to our muscles, enabling us to perform various physical activities.

However, the speed at which glucose enters the bloodstream can vary depending on the type of carbohydrates consumed, so, while simple carbohydrates, such as those found in sugary drinks, are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, complex carbohydrates take longer to be broken down. This delayed release of glucose results in a more gradual increase in blood sugar levels, providing sustained energy over time.

The conversation then shifted to the concept of the glycemic index (GI), which measures how quickly carbohydrates raise blood sugar levels. Foods with a high GI cause a rapid spike in blood sugar, while those with a low GI lead to a more gradual increase. Dr. Juan emphasized that for individuals with an active lifestyle, incorporating low glycemic carbs into their diet can help maintain steady energy levels throughout the day without causing fluctuations in blood sugar.

Part 2: Making Informed Dietary Choices

There are common misconceptions surrounding carbohydrates and their role in our diet. Contrary to popular belief, not all carbohydrates are inherently bad. Instead, it's essential to consider how different types of carbs affect our bodies based on our individual needs and activity levels.

Dr. Juan clarified that while simple sugars may contribute to weight gain if consumed in excess, they can also serve as a valuable source of energy for athletes and individuals engaging in prolonged physical activity. However, for those with a more sedentary lifestyle, opting for low glycemic carbs, such as beans, legumes, and brown rice, also found in Pnuff Crunch, can offer sustained energy without the risk of excess sugar being stored as fat.

Moreover, Dr. Juan emphasized the importance of mindful eating and making informed choices when it comes to processed foods. While some processed products may contain wholesome ingredients, others may be laden with unhealthy fats and additives that can negatively impact our health.

So why we keep talking about carbs? Well, because Low Glycemic Carbs play an important role in promoting optimal health and well-being. We hope that by understanding the basics of carbohydrate metabolism and making informed dietary choices, individuals can fuel their bodies effectively and sustainably, ensuring steady energy levels throughout the day.

Stay active and enjoy healthy snacking family!

Dr. Juan Salinas is a highly esteemed scientist in the food industry, dedicating his career to pioneering innovative snacks. Fueled by his passion for bodybuilding and endurance sports, he embarked on creating sports nutrition snacks, notably his own creation, P-nuff Crunch Plant Protein Puff snacks. You can contact him at and connect with him on social media via @drjuanpnuff.