Carbohydrates: Quality Matters

Many people are confused about carbohydrates. What’s most important is the type of carbohydrate you choose to eat; some sources are healthier than others. For example, whole wheat bread, rye, barley, and quinoa are better choices than highly-refined white bread and French fries. The healthiest sources are fruits, vegetables and beans, since these deliver vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients. Unhealthy sources include pastries, soda, or refined foods that are easily digested and contribute to weight gain and promote diabetes and heart disease. Here are some tips to keep the good quality carbohydrates in your diet:3

  • Start the day with whole grains; old fashion oats or a cereal with at least 4 grams of fiber.
  • Use whole grains breads for snacks and sandwiches.
  • Choose whole fruit instead of juice.
  • Pass on the potatoes, bring on the beans.3
photo showing complex carbohydrates
Complex Carbohydrates
photo showing refined carbohydrates
Refined Carbohydrates