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INFOGRAPHIC: Good Carbs vs. Bad Carbs, and Why You Need to Know the Difference

We want to talk to you about the “F” word and the “S” word. No, not the expletives you shout when you stub your toe. We mean “fiber” and “sugar.”

Why? Because Americans need to focus on getting more good carbs into our diet—things like whole grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, and plant foods. And what all these good carbs have in common is fiber.

And the bad carbs? You guessed it—often loaded with sugar, as well as starch (another “S” word!) and refined white grains.

So, whether snacking on-the-go or making a meal, choose these good carbs:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Beans
  • Whole grains (in all their forms: buns, bread, pasta, crackers, etc)

And limit these bad carbs:

  • Soda
  • Candy
  • Artificial syrups
  • White rice, white bread, white pasta
  • Potatoes
  • Pastries and desserts

For a visual breakdown of good carbs vs. bad carbs, check out this infographic, courtesy of visual.ly:

Good Carbs vs Bad Carbs


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