Harvard Health Letter

Stop the carb confusion

image-istockSome carbohydrates are healthier than others, and eating too many processed carbs can harm your health.

Carbohydrates—or "carbs" for short—play a starring role in many healthy diets. For example, carb-rich whole grains, fruits, and vegetables are at the core of the heart-healthy Mediterranean and DASH diets.

But some diets cast carbs as villains, and we're warned to stay away from them. "There's a lot of conflicting information out there, and it winds up confusing people to the point that they're unsure what to eat," says dietitian Linda Delahanty, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School.

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