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Which Carbs Are Best For You

The whole “good carb vs bad carb” debate can be so confusing. One minute we are being told carbs make us fat, the next minute carbs are our friends. It can be so frustrating for the health conscious individual to get the right information about what they should be eating and how much.

Truth be told, most carbs are good for us. Our bodies need right kind of carbs to burn energy. Now, there are obvious carbs that we should consume sparingly – white breads, white pasta, sugar, sweets and desserts – also known as refined carbs. The carbs that we should focus on are chock full of fiber, nutrients and vitamins, all things your body needs to function at its highest level. These can be found in various fruits, vegetable, legumes and whole grains and should be part of your daily diet.

Here’s a list to help you choose the best carbs for your body:

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  • Carbs High in Fiber 1 of 7
    Carbs High in Fiber
    Avocado, wheat bran, barley, artichoke and split peas are all high in fiber, which helps lower your cholesterol and improve digestion.
    Read more here at the Daily Meal
  • Carbs High in Folate 2 of 7
    Carbs High in Folate
    Lentils, beets, brussel sprouts, black eyed peas and chickpeas are all high in folate, which is an essential nutrient needed to prevent birth defects during pregnancies.
    Read more here at the Daily Meal
  • Carbs High in Antioxidants 3 of 7
    Carbs High in Antioxidants
    Cherries, berries, asparagus and broccoli are all high in antioxidants, which protect your body from harmful molecules that are known to cause cancer.
    Read more here at the Daily Meal
  • Carbs High in Omega 3 4 of 7
    Carbs High in Omega 3
    Broccoli, cauliflower and peppers are all high in Omega 3, which is known to boost heart health and treat conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and depression.
    Read more here at the Daily Meal
  • Carbs High in Protein 5 of 7
    Carbs High in Protein
    Soybeans, black beans, white beans, buckwheat and rice are all high in protein, which promotes growth, strength and energy in our bodies as well as helps repair muscles after exercise.
    Read more here at the Daily Meal
  • Carbs High in Vitamin A 6 of 7
    Carbs High in Vitamin A
    Sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, and cantaloupe are all high in Vitamin A, which is essential for good vision, a healthy immune system and growth of cells.
  • Carbs High in Vitamin C 7 of 7
    Carbs High in Vitamin C
    Citrus fruits, bell peppers, kiwi and strawberries are all high in Vitamin C, which helps aid in bone and tissue growth and repair in our bodies.

 

For serving sizes on these foods as well as more “good” carbs that are high in Vitamin C, iron and potassium check out The Daily meal article “Carbs That Are Actually Good For You”.

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Sources: The Daily Meal and carbs-information.com, WebMD

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