Carbohydrates

Monday, April 01, 2013

It seems like everyone these days is trying a low carb diet. But could there be such a thing as good carbohydrates? Dr. Edward Hill gives us the skinny on carbs in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Even though many still shun Atkins and other no carb or low carb diets, they are right about some carbohydrates. Its now clear that food rich in carbohydrates can increase appetite and foster type 2 diabetes.

But this doesnt mean you have to spend the rest of your life on a diet made up of only protein and fat.

Just like there are different kinds of fat, there are different kinds of carbs, some of them good for you and some of them bad. Heres a helpful list:

Generally, you want to avoid carbohydrates that have a higher glycemic load. These are highly processed foods, containing lots of sugar and white flour. Examples include: white bagels, macaroni and cheese, white rice, corn chips, and white potatoes.

Carbohydrate-loaded foods that are better choices include: 100 percent whole-grain bread, oatmeal, bran cereal, brown rice, popcorn, baked beans and unsweetened apple juice.

Choosing the right kinds of carbs can help you become a healthier eater and aid in weight loss.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.