Carbohydrates are not essential. The body can manufacture any carb it requires. Only proteins and fats are required. No, carbs are not essential for maximum performance and are a very weak form of energy as fats are far better than carbs as an energy source (fats have 9 calories/gram, carbs 4c/gm).. No, the more energy you use the more fats and proteins you should eat as fat (as mentioned) should be the primary source of energy and proteins allow the body repair itself. The only good carbs are the complex carbs found in vegetables and starches such as coloured root vegies such as sweet potatoes/yams/etc.Proteins and Carbohydrates are essential along with micro-nutrients (vitamins and minerals).
Breads are very bad for you and you should limit them or preferably not eat them. They are instantly metabolised into glucose, cause inflammation in the body (Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, gluten sensitivities, among a host of issues). Inflammation from breads is the worst since many serious ailments (heart disaease, etc) are a direct result of inflammation.Had a bunch of conversations with low-carb people.. After mostly getting lectured about the evils of carbs, I need to know...what is it exactly that makes bread so bad for you? Is it all just panic-mode coming from a new diet craze?