Healthy Carbs To Keep In Your Diet

Staff - - 02/01/2012
Obesity Trends

By Nicci Micco, M.S., editor-at-large for EatingWell Magazine

I've never been a fan of low-carb diets: Our bodies and our brains need carbohydrates to work effectively.

Of course, not all carbohydrates are created equally. First of all, fruits, dairy and vegetables are all sources of carbohydrates. And when it comes to starches, there are indeed "good" carbs (we'll get to that in a sec) and the "bad" ones that, if you eat them all the time, can raise your risk of developing diseases like heart disease and diabetes. (We're talking about doughnuts, cakes and even refined white breads.) On the flip side, eating "good carbs" in place of refined ones can reduce your risk of these very same diseases -- and may even help you to lose weight because they're generally rich in fiber.

Here are six "great" carbs to keep in your diet.

Because sometimes you just need pasta -- and whole-wheat kinds offer two to three times more fiber than refined white varieties, but they're just as versatile and delicious. (Similarly, whole-wheat bread and brown rice are healthier choices than their "white" counterparts.) Try our healthier fettuccine Alfredo and more lightened-up pasta recipes for a healthy dinner tonight.

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