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Fit Friday: 'Good carb' versus 'Bad carb'

6:04 PM, Feb 18, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Diet trends come and go, but when it comes to losing weight, one constant we seem to hear: is that carbs, can sabotage your diet. It turns out, carbohydrates are important to eating a balanced diet.

But what you do need to know is how to tell the difference between a "good" carb and a bad one.

Most dietitians will tell you, your love-hate relationship with carbohydrates is all a big misunderstanding.

"We absolutely need carbohydrates. In fact, we counsel our Lifestyle 180 patients to make sure 50 to 60 percent of their diet is coming from carbohydrates," says Kristin Kirkpatrick, with the Cleveland Clinic.

She explains the difference between "good carb" and "bad carb."

"You have what's called a simple carbohydrate, where you'll find in cookies, candies and cakes and also find in fruits and lactose in milk. And then you have your complex carbohydrates, they are classified depending on how quickly they are digested and absorbed and that has a huge and that has a huge impact on how they are going to how they are going to effect your body, your blood sugar and maybe whether or not you're going to gain weight."

Good carbohydrates include beans, nuts, seeds and brown rice.

The key is to look for the fiber. The more fiber, the more complex the carb.

So what about the food we seem to can't kick...bread?

"What you want to look for is you want to see that percentage of 100 percent. So, whether it's 100 percent rye or 100 percent wheat, that will tell you the only grain there is a whole grain."

So, when you see celebrities say they're not eating carbs, don't believe everything you hear. When it comes to carbs, go nuts. They're good for you.


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