4 Reasons You Shouldn’t Follow a Low-Carb Diet (Page 3)

2. Carbs Are in Super-Healthy Foods

You may know that whole grains, like quinoa and whole-wheat bread, are healthy sources of carbohydrates, but many healthy vegetables contain carbohydrates too. Take corn, potatoes (both white and sweet), winter squashes (like butternut and acorn) and peas as examples. Without them you’d be missing out on essential nutrients, such as Vitamin A, potassium and fiber—a nutrient many Americans don’t get enough of. Fruits, full of vitamins and antioxidants; dairy products, with calcium; and beans, which add magnesium and protein to your diet, also contain carbohydrates. Carbs are also found in not-so-healthy foods like refined grains (white rice, white bread, white pasta) and sweets like cookies and cakes. Limit these not-so-healthy foods in your diet and aim to include healthier carbs instead.

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Braised Cauliflower & Squash Penne Pasta (pictured)

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