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Carbohydrates: Friend or Foe?

We have heard countless rumors about carbohydrates, but whether it’s a friend or a foe to our weight loss programs continues to be a mystery. When walking down the aisle of our favorite grocery stores, we are faced by various kinds of carbohydrates. Just considering what kind of pasta we should buy, whole wheat or refined, has become a puzzling decision.

But what is the real score when it comes to carbohydrates? Is there a real difference between the “good” carbs and the “bad” carbs?

Carbohydrates are important in a healthy diet because they are the best sources of energy, supporting our bodily functions and physical activity. So of course they should be present in our meals, but with the wide array of forms—breads, rice, milk, potatoes, spaghetti, pies, and sodas—people who are concerned with losing weight should be mindful of what kinds of carbohydrates they include in their daily intakes.

To lose weight effectively, the quantity and quality of carbohydrates should be a top priority. Quantity of carbohydrates does not mean that they should be completely cut out of your diet. Going extreme and living carbohydrate-free is not a lifestyle change one should be committed to if the goal is long-term weight loss. A good 50-60% of carbohydrates should constitute your overall intake. As far as quality of carbohydrates, unprocessed or minimally processed whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and beans are the best options. These foods do not only contain carbohydrates, but also deliver vitamins, minerals, and fiber that promote good health.

If pastas are your favorite, but you want to take a healthier route, why don’t you give this Asian Vegetable Pasta a try! Incorporate your carbs in this delightful, quick, Asian-inspired pasta dish that will surely satisfy your carb cravings. Broccoli, bell peppers, ginger, and mushroom all together load this dish with Vitamins A, C, and E, the best vitamin combination to combat infections and make our overall immunity stronger. Don’t forget to use the whole wheat variety of your favorite pastas to make this dish fiber-filled. Thinking of a side dish? Steamed Asparagus with Lemon and Parmesan goes perfectly well as it adds a nice kick to the flavor.

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