Some Facts About Carbs

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Sometimes carbs get a bad rap because they are often attributed to weight gain. Fact is, carbs are essential to our health and are an important source of energy. If you are physically active (of course you are!), carbs should make up an important component of your diet. This is not to say all sources of carbs are good, there are some that are better than others.

Good sources of carbs include:

• Whole-grain breads

• Fruits

• Vegetables

• Pasta

Other Facts About Carbs

• Excess carbs are what contribute to excess calories. This is what can lead to weight gain.

• There are two types of carbs:

o Simple carbs- found in processed cereals and other products made with white flour

o Complex carbs- found in whole grains, fruits and veggies. These are the kind you want.

• Carbs are the body’s number one source of fuel!

• Whole wheat bread is the recommended choice for bread products. It contains complex carbs (the good kind) as well as fiber, selenium, and copper. Whole wheat bread also keeps you full longer, and has ingredients that have been shown to help prevent breast cancer, heart disease and type II diabetes.

What are some of your favorite healthy carb meals?