Giving Carbs Some Love


Carbohydrates have really been vilified in the last few months as the Keto, Atkins, and Paleo diets gain traction and dieters work to keep those New Year resolutions. But not all carbohydrates are created equal and while it is prudent to skip the high sugar, processed treats, carbohydrates are the foundation of a healthy diet. Just make sure you are choosing high-quality carbs by eating more of these:

Vegetables:

Spinach, kale, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, brussel sprouts, corn, eggplant, bell peppers, mushrooms, cucumbers, zucchini, squash, sweet potato

Grains and legumes:

Black beans, garbanzo beans, lentils, kidney beans, brown rice, barley, quinoa, rye, whole grain breads and pasta

Fruits:

Apples, apricots, blueberries, melon, orange, grapes, peach, pears, strawberries, mango, kiwi

High quality carbohydrates offer many health benefits, as they are rich in phytonutrients as well as fiber. They have a positive impact on blood sugar and help lower your risk of obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.

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