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Natural Carbs That are Good for You

submitted by Stu Johnson

Posted: August 12, 2015

Knowing which carbs are good for you helps maintain a healthy balance to your diet (excerpt from an article by Joshua Steckler in the Daily Herald newspaper)…

If you wrestle with weight control you're probably familiar with the numerous ideas about the proper balance of carbs, protein and fat. While carbs have gotten a bad wrap lately, they're not all bad—when you understand the types that can be good for you. Following is an excerpt from an article by health and fitness expert Joshua Steckler that appeared in the Health & Fitness section of the Daily Herald newspaper (suburban Chicago) on Monday, August 10. See the link at the bottom for the full article.

Chances are, you're familiar with the term "carbs."

If you've attempted to lose weight before, you've probably come across low-carb options or may have heard someone telling you to cut out carbs.

But what is a carb?

A carbohydrate is one of three macronutrients -- the other two being protein and fat. To make things simple, you can think of a carb as sugar.

Too many carbohydrates in the diet -- in recent years from added sugar or high fructose corn syrup -- has been a major contributor in the onset of obesity and diabetes in many Americans.

In addition, carbs take the blame for issues such as weight gain, fatigue, mood swings, and poor sleep. But this doesn't mean that all carbs are bad for you. Many of them, in fact, are not only healthy, but necessary for optimal health.

These five natural carbohydrate options will give you a great supply of energy and a wide range of nutrients. Follow the link at the bottom to read the full article with more details about each option.

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Kale
  • Berries
  • Spinach
  • Cauliflower

Limiting processed foods and consuming more of these healthy carbohydrates will greatly improve your diet and your outlook on carbs.


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  • Joshua Steckler is the owner of Push Fitness, a personal training studio located in Schaumburg, Illinois, specializing in weight loss, muscle toning, and nutrition. Contact him at His column, "Trainer Talk," appears regularly in the Health & Fitness section (Mondays) of the Daily Herald newspaper.

Posted: August 12, 2015   Accessed 277 times

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