Clearing Up the Carb Confusion


– Hi, I’m Sue Ryskamp,
Registered Dietitian at the University of Michigan
Cardiovascular Center. I wanted to talk to you about carbs today. Carbs have gotten a bad rap lately. High quality carbohydrates
are essential for good health, providing energy, fiber,
a host of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients
that you can’t get from a supplement. Carbohydrates come from
fruit, dairy products, starchy vegetables, rice,
bread, pasta, and beans. However, foods like
white bread, white pasta, and white rice are made
from grains that are stripped of fiber and other nutrients. Sugary beverages, such as cakes, cookies, and ice cream are high in calories and very low in nutrition. Choose foods that are low
in sugar and white flour, because they can cause
fluctuations in blood sugar and contribute to weight gain. Choose whole wheat flour
over white flour products. Choose fresh fruit over fruit juice and whole grains, like
oats, barley, quinoa, brown and wild rice. The fiber from oats and barley, beans, and certain fruits and vegetables helps lower cholesterol
and stabilize blood sugar. Beans and lentils are a wonderful
source of carbohydrates. They contain fiber, as
well as good protein. Carbs are an important part of our diet. The key is choosing the healthier options.

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