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Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2018 3:00 pm

Question: What are carbs, exactly? Are they bad for me?

Answer: We are often led to believe carbs are the devil, right? So, what’s the truth?

The truth is our bodies innately crave carbs that nourish our bodies. Carbohydrates, or carbs, in our diet are essential for providing fuel for our brain and muscles. Grains, starchy vegetables, beans, fruits and fruit juices, milk and yogurt, snack foods and sweets are all sources of carbs. While some carbs contain vital vitamins and minerals to prevent anemia, lower blood pressure and serve as antioxidants to boost our immune system, others are lacking any sort of nutrient profile. The latter, does us no good.

The key to consuming the “right” carbs is to feed your body what it craves: nutrients. Ask yourself, “Was this food grown or naturally cultivated,

or created through processing mechanisms?” Think sweet potatoes versus potato chips. Whole, minimally or altogether unprocessed, nutrient-dense carbohydrates are best. Incorporate fruits, vegetables, milk, yogurt, beans and lentils, and whole grains in your diet often. Try veggies and hummus, fruit smoothies and Greek yogurt for snacks. Add black or kidney beans to soups. Choose brown rice and whole grain pastas.

Contact me today if you would like to learn more about how to choose the right carbs for your health and lifestyle!


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