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Nutritional recommendations are not something immovable and should remain the same from the beginning of time to the end of the day: like all the sciences around us, nutrition evolves and thanks to the advances in science and new studies that are They are doing and that are published in scientific journals we can see how these nutritional recommendations also change.

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If there is a controversial nutrient in the human diet, it is undoubtedly the carbohydrates that are the first we usually eliminate when we seek to lose weight. However, we show you seven reasons not to demonize carbohydrates, always choosing the most suitable ones of course. What carbohydrates are and what they are for Carbohydrates are molecules that for our body represent one of the three macronutrients with energetic function, being even the most abundant.

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Since yesterday the rise in taxes on sugary drinks in Catalonia became effective. On some occasion we have discussed whether a tax increase is of any use or is simply a collection measure. For me, the best solution to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks is nutritional education, without a doubt, but this type of measure can help reduce consumption.

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Science never ceases to amaze us, and it teaches us that with small workouts throughout the day you can improve our fitness and our health, with the plus of keeping our blood sugar level stable. "Exercise-snack", the new form of healthy fitness that comes to help us survive the "new tobacco of the 21st century": sitting 8 hours a day in marathon work days.

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One of the foods that has been most demonized in recent times has been bread. It is true that bread is one of the main sources of carbohydrates, and in our society it is a staple food that is present in all meals. But in recent times, bread is being neglected because it is not a highly recommended food when we want to maintain weight.

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At this time of the year, we are sure that we have listened a thousand times to many people who are in full load to get more and more muscle mass. But surely for many this expression is meaningless. Therefore, on this occasion we want to stop at this point and we will see what a loading phase consists of.

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There is currently a fad in which carbohydrates are being demonized and many people are eliminating them from their diet. This is a very serious mistake, since the body needs to consume hydrates, as it is the main source of cellular energy. Therefore, in this post we want to stop at highlighting alternative sources of carbohydrates that go beyond traditional bread.

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One more reason to limit the consumption of sugar in the diet. Although more research is still needed in this area, it seems that a situation of prolonged hyperglycemia in time would affect the hippocampus of our brain, an area responsible for learning and memory. Diseases such as diabetes are related to risk of dementia and reduction of the hippocampus.

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If there is a key question, both in the world of fitness and in general, is how many meals should I make per day? or what to eat every hour ?. Today we talk about the distribution of macros throughout the day. Dinner and hydrates, myth or reality? On many occasions we have heard that, for example, carbohydrate intake should never be done after mid-afternoon, is it true or is it a mythological belief?

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Carbohydrates are the main source of energy we have. They are the ones who help us maintain an adequate glycemic index to cope with workouts. In the case of people who have high physical activity and especially, when we want to achieve a series of goals, it is necessary that the carbohydrate load is adequate.

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In Vitónica we have written a lot and talked many times about carbohydrates. What we must keep in mind is that in any sports diet there must be the intake of this type of nutrients, because with them we will obtain the energy needed to perform at its best. That is why we want to highlight some important points about hydrates that we cannot ignore.

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