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Yes, You Do Need Carbs in Your Diet

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Feb 9, 2012

Some fad diets are low-carb or involve cutting out carbs entirely. That's not exactly healthy, though, according to doctors. In fact, most of our diet is supposed to be comprised of carbs in order to get enough nutrients daily.

Carbohydrates are necessary for your body to obtain quick energy, while healthy fats and proteins are more of a long-term fuel source. Carbs should actually be about 50 to 60 percent of your daily diet to get enough calories, nutrients and energy to your body.

Your carb intake should include healthy complex carbs, which take longer for your body to break down compared to simple carbs. Also, complex carbs give your body a nice, steady flow of energy. Simple carbs, on the other hand, cause you to experience energy peaks and crashes.

Excellent examples of healthy carb sources include: whole-wheat and whole-grain breads, whole-wheat pasta, barley, bulgur, buckwheat, quinoa, oats, brown rice, fruits, vegetables, beans, lentils and whole-grain cereals.

So, eat your carbs--healthy carbs, that is. And remember to incorporate it in your healthy meals along with healthy proteins, vegetables and fruits for a well-rounded diet. Be sure not to load up on too many carbs, though, which can cause you to gain weight. As with everything else, balance is the key here.

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Source: EverydayHealth.com

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