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

Not all carbohydrate-rich foods are created equal. Here's how to identify healthy carbs and add get more of them

If you've heard that carbs are "bad" for you, think again. Carbohydrate-rich foods are the foundation of a healthy diet—but some are more healthy than others. "High-quality carbs have essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients in a natural 'package' that limits fluctuations in blood sugar and insulin that contribute, at least in part, to chronic illness and overeating," says Dr. Michelle Hauser, a clinical fellow in medicine at Harvard Medical School and a certified chef and nutrition educator.

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