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Good Carbohydrates

Posted by Sarah Cox on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, In : nutrition 

Having explained the bad carbs in the last article, it's now time to talk about the good carbs.  You'll remember I said that it is important to eat carbohydrates - you just need to make sure you eat the right ones to avoid gaining weight or to help you lose weight.  

So what are the good carbs? 

The foods which are rich in and an important source of carbohydrate are:
  • Wholegrain or rye breads
  • Wholegrain cereals
  • Brown Rice
  • Potatoes, especially sweet potatoes
  • Beans
  • Pulses
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Milk and dairy p...

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Bad Carbohydrates

Posted by Sarah Cox on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, In : nutrition 

When eating carbohydrates, you need to know which ones are good for you to eat and which ones you need to avoid. 

In this article I'll cover the bad ones and in the next one I'll explain the good ones. 

As a general rule, which you are probably already aware of, any white carbohydrates are bad for you.  White carbohydrates includes white bread, rice and pasta.  The nutrients and fibre are stripped out of white carbohydrates as they are processed and refined.

As well as white 'refined' grains, ba...

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Starchy Food continued….

Posted by Sarah Cox on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, In : nutrition 

It's important to have carbohydrates in your diet and low-carbohydrate diets aren't a good idea.  Why?  I'll explain…. 

Carbohydrates are an essential nutrient. They have important roles to play within the body, which include:

1) Acting as a major source of energy for the body and brain

2) Forming structural elements of some cell membranes and cell walls

  

We need to consume sufficient quantities of carbohydrates so that they can fulfill their role, i.e:

  • Provide the body with energy
  • Manage blood ...

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Eat Starchy Foods

Posted by Sarah Cox on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, In : nutrition 

Starchy foods form the second food group which plays an important role in healthy eating. They are our main source of carbohydrate, which the body needs for energy. 

 

Starchy foods include potatoes, bread, cereals, rice, pasta and should make up about a third of the food you eat.  We should eat some starchy foods every day as part of a healthy balanced diet, ideally choosing wholegrain varieties wherever possible.

 

This may come as a surprise to you, but Data published by the National Diet and ...


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