When you think of carbs do you automatically think “BAD! DON’T EAT THEM!” If so, then you are not alone. Until recently, I thought all carbs were bad. You will hear diets talk about cutting out carbs or eating less of them. There is actually such a thing as good carbs! Here is a list of good carbs and bad carbs to help you know which are OK to eat and which you should avoid.
- Fresh fruits, fresh veggies, beans, peas, whole grains, brown rice, quinoa, pure oats, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, potatoes, walnuts, peanuts, almonds.
- Why are these good? They are high in fiber, they have natural sugars, low insulin levels, they slow digestion, give you energy, keep you full longer, and help with weight loss.
- Fruit juices, soda, cookies, pasteries, cakes, white bread, white crackers, pasta, chocolate and candy, ice cream, frozen yogurt, potato chips, french fries.
- Why are these bad? The are refined and processed foods, low fiber, they make you hungry faster, have added sugars, high insulin levels, these carbs convert into fat cells, and cause weight gain.
How come so many of the foods on the bad carbs list are my favorite foods?! This list shows us the foods we should be eating and the foods we should be eating in moderation. Just because a food is on the bad carb list doesn’t mean we can’t have it every once in a while! It just means you need to eat more of the good than the bad. 😊 I am going to try to eat more of the good, and less of the bad. Will you join me?