You might have kicked off the New Year with a strict zero carbs mandate, but by now are probably realising it’s a lot easier said than done.
There’s no doubt that carbs can leave you feeling bloated and uncomfortable, and that we should avoid simple carbs – white bread, pasta, or rice for example – that just make us hungrier in the long run.
However we know enough by now to know that it’s not as simple as that and carbs are necessarily not the enemy.
So, when we really need to indulge when is the best time?
Most would assume the first thing in the morning, because you have a whole day of activity ahead to burn them off.
However, a study from the BBC and Trust Me I’m a Doctor says something different.
The study asked volunteers to eat a fixed amount of carbs each day, either in the morning or evening.
Blood glucose levels were monitored throughout, and the results overwhelmingly showed that glucose was lower in the evening: 10.4 units, compared to 15.9 in the morning.
So there may be an evening sweet spot for eating carbs.
However, the study also shows that going a long period of time (i.e. overnight or all day) without carbs means your body will be more ready to respond to a big bowl of pasta.
Dr. Adam Collins, from the University of Surrey, is launching a much larger study following the results to give more definite answers.
So what’s the take home message? Dr. Collins says don’t worry too much about the time of day you eat carbs… as long as you don’t overload.