September 2016 Issue

Cutting Through Carb Phobia

Carbs have gotten a bad rap, but many carbohydrate-rich foods are vital to good health.

Some people claim carbs are fattening while others say they trigger cravings. But lumping all carbs together, such as doughnuts and oatmeal, is not helpful. Although most people are aware that carbs are in bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, sweets, and soda, they may overlook them in legumes, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. So, skimping on all carbs could mean missing out on vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytonutrients important in preventing chronic disease.

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