Carbohydrates are essential to a diet and are in almost everything we eat. Carbs provide our body with energy or fuel. When we take in too many carbs, we have fuel to spare, and our body stores that as excess fat.
But are carbs good for you? Carbohydrates can be classified into good carbs and bad carbs. Good carbs are good because in addition to the carbs, they contain nutrients we need like vitamins, minerals, and a range of phytonutrients. Bad carbs are considered bad because they are simple sugars like the ones in sodas and candy, or they are complex carbs that have been refined, or stripped of all of that good stuff during processing.
In this video, Registered Dietitian Lynn Goldstein explains the difference between simple carbs and complex carbs and where to find them.
Tip: Look for breads and pastas made with whole grains for a healthier carb.
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