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Smart Carbs vs. Dumb Carbs

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Smart Carbs vs. Dumb Carbs

Which Carbohydrates are Winning in Your Life?

Finally! It seems like the low-carb wave is declining as people are starting to realize that it’s about “smart carbs,” not “no carbs”!

Smart Carbs are:

Smart carbs are complex carbohydrates. You can have carbs, as long as you choose them carefully–that is why they are called smart! It’s all about balance. The body’s muscles need smart carbs as fuel and so does the brain.

Carbs that are NOT SMART:

  1. Food that is full of refined carbohydrates like sugary (even those made with honey, maple syrup, etc.) cakes & cookies.
  2. White bread & pasta.
  3. White rice.
  4. Bottled and canned fruits and juices.
  5. Pops/sodas and other sugar products.

They are simply empty calories with very little to no nutrition in them. IF IT’S WHITE, IT’S NOT RIGHT!

The Best Smart Carbs are:

  • Fruits and vegetables, especially the green ones that grow above the ground like kale or dark, leafy lettuce.
  • Beans such as kidney beans and garbanzo beans.
  • Seeds including as sunflower and pumpkin seeds.
  • Nuts such as almonds.
  • Whole grains such as brown rice, millet, quinoa, buckwheat, whole wheat bread & pasta, multigrain cereal/bread, oatmeal and oat bran.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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10:01PM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

While grocery shopping, I was reading labels on whole grain pasta. 42g of carbs per serving! How do I read labels to know which are good carbs?

9:51AM PST on Feb 11, 2013


9:59AM PST on Jan 16, 2013

@Valentina and Annmarie: The only really useful, healthful, common;y used white food is cauliflower, the rest are starchy, and begin to turn into sugar as soon as they are hit by saliva.

9:53AM PST on Jan 16, 2013

Valuable information, thanks.

5:28AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

thanks for that bit of information

7:51PM PST on Jan 8, 2013

garbanzo beans? news

9:53AM PST on Jan 8, 2013

I am slim and I cannot live without carbs, I love eating whole gain bread and brown rice, oatmeal... the best things in life. :) Thank you for this article.

8:12PM PST on Dec 31, 2012

thank you good to fine this out.

6:37AM PDT on Sep 28, 2012


9:37AM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

Thanks for sharing this info.

Annemarie: "I love white stuff :("

Yeah, me too, sigh.

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