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Smart Woman: Healthy Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates sometimes get a bad rap, but what some people don't realize is certain carbs are good. Take a look at the difference between the good and the bad, and the importance of healthy carbs in your daily diet.<br><br>
    Carbohydrates are simply a string of sugars. Some are more complex than others and those sugars are broken down into glucose so that our body uses that for energy. There are good and bad carbs. Bad carbs consist of white bread, white rice, cakes and cookies. Good carbs are foods such as beans, brown rice, fruits and vegetables. So what is it good carbs have that the bad don't? Plenty of natural fiber and small amounts of sugar.
    Good carbs are digested pretty slowly so they help to keep your stomach full longer. They also keep your blood sugar levels even so you don't get hungry. Good carbs can even help regulate your mood. Eating certain good carbs may also help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk for diabetes.
    Don't fall into the no-carb and low carb diets. Skipping carbs can lave you feeling fatigued, irritable, and overall tired. You might find it hard to concentrate because carbs help keep your brain energized. The U.S. Department of Agriculture suggest adults have 45 to 65 percent of their daily calories from healthy carbohydrates.
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