Pasta: “odi et amo” Catullus would say. Yes, almost all people love it, but many hate it because they believe it is the cause of being overweight. It’s not true. The writer has always been against the total elimination of complex carbohydrates. Research shows that they can play an important role in health and fitness because they help build muscle, improving athletic performance. So in order not to give up completely, here is the great compromise: carbohydrates yes, but only for lunch … or maybe not, only for dinner. But is there the best time to eat carbohydrates? The question is simple, but the answer is complex because we are not all the same. In general, it is advisable to introduce them at dinner because they are more satisfying and because they favor the production of serotonin which helps sleep.
In fact, it would be important to understand which type you belong to, whether to those who produce an excess of insulin in the first part of the day or rather in the second. The most favored in the consumption of carbohydrates in the evening are precisely the latter, while those who produce insulin in the first part of the day can safely consume carbohydrates during the day.
Defining pasta as a carbohydrate is prosaic because it is degraded into a simple element, while pasta embodies a poetic ensemble of tradition, identity, culture, the pleasure of conviviality. Returning to the prose, what are carbohydrates or carbon hydrates or carbohydrates then? Together with fats and proteins, carbohydrates make up the triad of macronutrients. They are the body’s preferred fuel source and provide 4 calories per gram like protein, versus 9 calories per gram for fat and 7 for alcohol. The 4 calories allow you to consume a good portion of spaghetti, pizza or whatever without reaching an important caloric load. Most carbohydrates are broken down into glucose, a type of sugar that can be easily used for energy. There are two main types of dietary carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates: they contain few sugar molecules. Foods that are high in simple carbohydrates include sugar, fruit, fruit juice, honey, and milk. Suitable for giving immediate energy. In fact, the first remedy that is given to those who suddenly pass out at home is water and sugar. Then there are the complex carbohydrates: they have more sugar molecules. Foods rich in complex carbohydrates include oats, brown rice, quinoa, and potatoes. These serve to provide energy slowly but continuously over time. They are useful for those who carry out manual, heavy and long-term work.
In general, complex carbohydrates are healthier, as they contain more nutrients and fiber and take longer to digest, inducing satiety. Prolonged lack of carbohydrates, as in high-protein and ketogenic diets, activates the production of fat to make up for the lack of energy and in the long term but requires a price to pay. So we do not give up a good first course, especially in the evening, alone or in company, it erases the frustration and induces an optimal rest. –