All About Carbs

Eating healthy can be a challenge, especially when starting a new diet.

It’s likely ingrained in your brain: bread = bad, and low-carb is the way to go. But not all carbs are bad. Your body actually needs them to function well. But which carbs are the healthy carbs? Carbohydrates are macronutrients and most occur naturally in plant-based foods. Naturally occurring carbs include:

Carbs provide energy, protect against disease, and help control weight. But like all things, balance is needed for healthy carb intake. Focus on the fruits and veggies that are rich in fiber. When considering grains, choose whole grains as opposed to refined grains.

And don’t neglect your legumes. They’re low in fat and high in folate, potassium, iron, magnesium, and beneficial fats and fiber. They are also high in protein. So, when you want carbs, don’t be afraid to let yourself have them, but make wise choices to get the right nutrients.

Content created by Lockton Dunning Benefits with info from https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/carbohydrates/art-20045705