(BPT) - Fall, comfort food and carbs often go together, but that doesn’t mean you have to trade off on nutrition. Northwest-grown pears offer ample ways to add a sweet twist to your favorite fall recipes while ensuring the carbohydrates you consume are fueling energy, not pounds.
Carbohydrates tend to get a bad rap, and simple carbs that break down easily and cause blood sugar spikes are often to blame. Yet complex carbs are a necessary component of maintaining a healthy digestive system. The key is to choose these good carbohydrates — such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains — and complement them with lean protein and healthy fats to ensure a balanced diet. By balancing carbohydrates at every meal, you decrease your rate of absorption of glucose. In other words, you can prevent your blood sugar from spiking dramatically while gaining longer-lasting energy.