Food Myths: CARBS ARE BAD

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We’ve all heard that carbs are bad for us at sometime or another. But are they really?

Quite the contrary. Think of carbs as your body’s fuel–without them, you  will not be able to complete daily tasks or exercise without running out of energy first. Not only are carbs not bad, they’re essential.

But, do too many carbs make you fat?

No. Well, not really. Very often, things we think of being high in carbs are high in other things that will make you fat. There are many different types of carbs, which is also likely something you’ve heard a million times. Complex vs. simple carbs. But what does that even mean? And who even cares if carbs won’t make us fat? If we can just avoid the other bad stuff why even waste the energy trying to figure out which carbs are the good ones?

Woah, there Bessy. Carbs are a good thing to note! Remember the whole fuel thing? Well, let’s take a look at where to find the good fuel. That way, you can stay energized throughout the day. You won’t be wasting energy finding good carbs–you’ll be creating it!

EAT AS MANY AS YOU WANT!

LEAFY GREENS

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Kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, collards, swiss chard, cabbage…

Cruciferous Vegetables

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Cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, turnips, radishes, watercress, kohlrabi, rutabaga, mustard greens…

Berries

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Strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, blueberries, lingonberries, currants, honeysuckle, gooseberries, cloudberries…

EAT THESE! But, in moderation.

Starchy Veggies

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Potatoes, yams, squashes, peas, pumpkin, parsnips, zucchini, plantains…

Sweeter Fruits

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Grapes, pineapple, dates, figs, oranges, tomato, grapefruit, jackfruit, papayas, mangos, peaches, plums, avocado…

Technically, bananas are berries. I don’t really which category to put them in.

Whole Grains

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Whole wheat flour, bulgar (cracked wheat), whole oats/ oatmeal, popcorn, quinoa, sorghum, buckwheat, millet, whole rye, whole grain corn/corn meal, brown rice, whole grain barley, whole farrow

AVOID!

White bread, white rice, white pasta, etc.

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Soda, juice, and other sugary drinks

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Sugary snacks and desserts

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Looking for more information about carbs? Check out these sources:

Why Are Carbs Important? | The Big Fat Debate About Carbohydrates | the CARMEN study

“But It Tastes So Good” is the number one excuse I get from meat-eaters on why they do not want to switch to a vegetarian/vegan diet. I am not out there to make everyone vegan. I do, however, want to share what food does to your body and to the world around you. Let me show you that being good to yourself and to the earth can taste just as good, or better, than what you are already doing (both literally and figuratively).

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