Whole vs. Simple Carbs and your health

A healthy diet requires the consumption of whole carbs, approximately 45-65 percent of one’s daily calorie intake. However, it’s essential to know the difference between good carbs and bad (refined). Whole carbs are unprocessed and contain natural fibers. Refined carbs are processed to the point where they have the natural fiber stripped out. Simple carbs (or bad carbs) won’t keep you full, so it’s easy to overeat. When you consume healthy carbs as part of a diet that also includes protein and fat, your body functions the way nature intended. Some examples of good carbs include vegetables, whole grains (oats, quinoa, brown, barley), nuts and seeds, whole fruits, beans and legumes and tubers such as potatoes. Bad Cards? Sugar-sweetened beverages, pastries, white flour, white rice, white bread, white pasta.

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