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Healthy Carbohydrates

The Healthy Eating Guide.  2009.  Carbs have been the topic of much discussion the past few years, with the Atkins and South Beach Diets gaining popularity. Carbs provides the “fuel” for your body and are the primary source of energy. They are found in fruits, vegetables, pasta, rice, grains, legumes, and sweets. You DO NOT have to cut carbs out of your diet in order to lose weight. 

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The carbs you want to be avoiding are the refined and processed foods such as white bread, white flour, white rice, white pasta, sugary sodas and snacks, and other processed foods. These have been stripped of their natural whole grains and much of their nutritional content and may contribute to weight gain, interfere with weight loss, and promote diabetes and heart disease.

Carbs that are part of a healthy diet plan include fruits and vegetables, beans, and whole grain products such as oatmeal, whole wheat and multi-grain pasta, brown rice, and whole wheat bread.  The higher the fiber content the better.  Some people consider potatoes to be a source of “bad” carbs because of their high starch content but potatoes are actually very high in vitamin C and potassium so they are okay as long as you eat them in limited quantities.