In recent times, we have seen growing misgivings about carbohydrates. Many take them to be fattening, leading to the rise in popularity of low carb diets. Manufacturers of dietary supplements have also taken advantage of the opportunity and created carb blockers. These are meant to prevent absorption of carbohydrates.
So how do carb blockers work? You should know the answer to this question before buying them. But first, let’s understand what carbohydrates do in your body.
The role of carbohydrates
Carbohydrates are the most important sources of energy for your body. It uses them to make glucose which fuels your metabolism. Normally, they are broken down into sugars by an enzyme called amylase that is released from the pancreas. The problem with them is that they, especially refined carbohydrates like pasta and white bread, can lead to weight gain when they get stored as fats. This may be evident on your belly or hips.
How carb blockers work?
The main idea behind carb blockers is allowing you to eat carbs but preventing weight gain by blocking their absorption. Most of them utilize an extract of Phaseolus Vulgaris (simply referred to as the white kidney bean) as the main ingredient, supplemented with other ingredients such as fenugreek, chromium and vanadium, to prevent amylase from binding with starches. In consequence, digestion of carbohydrates becomes slower and less effective.
By slowing the digestion of starches, carb blockers help control the release of calories. Fewer calories are absorbed by the body and stored in your fat cells. A portion of the carbs from your diet passes through the body undigested and is eventually eliminated. These products are therefore of benefit to people who find it difficult to follow a diet. You won’t have to completely give up pasta, bread, potatoes and other high-carb foods in fear of sabotaging your weight loss goals.
The mode of functioning of carb blockers gives them the potential to be effective in the management of diabetes. They help stop excess carbohydrates from entering your bloodstream. This helps prevent high blood sugar, which is linked to diabetes as well as weight gain.
Points to Note
Carb blockers only work as intended when used as directed. Make sure you read and understand the manufacturer’s instructions before using them. You should only use them with meals that are high in carbs.
Carb blockers are best used as part of an overall weight management plan that also involves healthy eating and exercise.