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Carbohydrates. Are they good or bad?

Generally speaking, carbohydrates are the gasoline for our body. Their main function is to provide energy to the body in a fast way. Therefore they are also an important part of a person's diet.

There are many myths as to whether a patient with surgery should consume carbohydrates or not. Without a doubt, they should be consuming carbohydrates. The important thing to know is that there are different types of carbohydrates and what matters is to choose the appropriate quantity and quality of the carbohydrates.

One of the main characteristics of any bariatric surgery will be the gastric restriction, therefore, the patient must learn to be selective when choosing foods that nourish him/her, rather than just eating to feel full. Carbohydrates confer a feeling of fullness and readiness, therefore you must decide what you should fill yourself up with, whether it is a little bread with sugar or a little bit of quinoa.

The best source of carbohydrates are: quinoa, legumes, vegetables, fruits, skimmed dairy, oats, rice etc.

Try to avoid carbohydrates from: bread, chips, sweets, rolls, sugar drinks, alcohol, breakfast cereals.

During the first months after surgery, it is recommended that the carbohydrate intake per day does not exceed 50 grams. Those 50 grams should come from eating vegetables and fruits, and then introducing legumes and other cereals little by little in the following months. If you have bariatric surgery, you should avoid foods that are high in carbohydrates from sugar (cookies, shakes, juices, sweets, desserts). They are high in calories and also you could experience the dumping syndrome.

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