Harvard Men's Health Watch

Carbohydrates in your diet: It's the quality that counts

Low-carbohydrate diets have gained popularity. However, in healthy eating, the quality of the carbohydrates, not the quantity, is the key determining factor in a healthy diet. Foods rich in high-quality carbohydrates include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. These foods contain a wide range of nutrients and are rich in fiber. The fiber allows the food to be digested slowly. This prevents large swings in blood sugar and insulin, which are associated with diabetes, heart disease, and weight gain.
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