Fact or Fiction? Carbs make you fat
A big fat lie! Eating too much of any food will cause you to pack on the pounds. Protein rich foods like beef and chicken and fat-rich foods like oils and nuts can both tip the energy balance in favor of weight gain when you overeat them.
For some reason, carbohydrates are unfairly demonized. Maybe it’s because the truly health-promoting carbohydrates get lumped into the same category as the not-so-healthy ones like doughnuts, potato chips, candy and cookies. Not fair! The truth is, you can’t live without carbs. They provide key vitamins and minerals for general health and are your body and brain’s primary source of fuel. Carbohydrate-rich foods include:
- Grains (bread, cereal, rice, pasta, crackers, etc.)
- Milk and yogurt
- Beans and legumes (pinto, kidney, lentils, etc.)
- Sweets (sugar, jam, jelly, honey, soda, cakes, candy, cookies, etc.)
Sweets and refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and rice, are less satisfying and can trigger overeating. They are typically low in fiber—an indigestible carbohydrate that adds bulk to food, slows digestion and keeps you feeling full! Stick with healthy, fiber-rich carbs like fruits, vegetables, whole grains (brown rice, oatmeal, barley, whole grain bread and crackers) beans and legumes. Don’t forget to round out your meals with a serving of low-fat milk (almond and soy are my favs!) or yogurt!
Healthy eating is about balance and variety. Make a point to eat from all foods groups, keep your portions in check and you will soon achieve a healthier weight without feeling deprived.