Choose complex carbohydrates for nutritional benefit
8/7/2015 1:26 PM
It seems there is a general consensus that carbohydrates are bad, but that isn’t true. However, we should be conscious about the types of carbs we eat.
Over all, Americans are eating too many refined grains. White rice, white bread and white pasta are examples of refined grains, and these are not nutritious food choices.
Instead, opt for unrefined grains, also known as whole grains. Whole grains consist of complex carbohydrates, which still have their fiber intact and are very healthy for us. Fiber is an important part of our diet because it promotes gastrointestinal health and helps prevent cancer and heart disease. It also helps keep us full longer.
Examples of whole grains are whole wheat bread, oats, quinoa and brown or wild rice. Another good way to add complex carbohydrates to your diet is by eating beans or whole fruit (rather than drinking fruit juice).
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About the Author:
Stephanie Burns is the Lead Clinical Dietitian at Central Texas Medical Center. Stephanie graduated Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition in 2008. She completed her Dietetic Internship in 2012 at CTMC and became a Registered and Licensed Dietitian. Stephanie chose her career path to learn how to enjoy food in a healthy way and hopes to share this knowledge with others.