What’s good vs. bad carbs? Is a low-carb diet best for weight loss?
With so many people believing that carbs are the foods that are making us all overweight, I’m hear to say that there’s much more to the story than that. That’s because carbohydrates are found in a wide variety of foods–from healthy, protein-rich choices like Greek yogurt to nutrient-poor, calorie-rich foods and beverages like table sugar, soda and other sweetened beverages, and desserts.
When someone asks me what’s a good carb, I always say it’s a quality carbohydrate, meaning that it’s more than just sugar and it doesn’t come loaded with a lot of saturated fat (as in baked goods, some crackers and snack foods). Quality carbohydrates are found in dairy foods, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Certainly, diets rich in these foods aren’t linked to overweight and obesity but diets rich in poor-quality carbs like soda, baked goods, candy, desserts and sweet treats make it harder to keep your waistline contained.
The infographic below will help guide you to quality carbohydrates and help you make better choices when it comes to carbs.
Julie Upton, MS, RD, CSSD