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High Carb Foods - What are They?

Nov 17th 2010 at 6:22 PM

A little wouldn’t hurt:

Last night I treated myself to a dinner of a Mc Donald quarter-pounder. Not that it made a difference from my regular dinner. Except for the presentation, it was still a carbohydrate-rich dinner. Well, we all deserve to treat ourselves to something different, diet or not.

When I had a triglyceride problem, my doctor told me to do either of two things – take drugs or go on a diet. I don’t like to be hooked on drugs so I asked for a diet regimen. My luck was that the things I should not eat, I, by nature, don’t like to eat and those I should eat are the things I love to eat. That was a long time ago. Now I need tips from Strip that Fat to balance the food I take. We are different and to give you an easier time, below is a guide of high-carb foods. It’s your call whether to take or avoid them.

What foods are high on carbohydrates?

Any food high in starch or sugar is carbohydrate-rich. Anything made of with flour or sugar, grains, food with sugar added into it, starchy vegetables like potatoes and corn are loaded with carbohydrates.

Not that carbohydrates are necessarily bad. They are the primary sources of energy. And they come as simple, like those in milk, fruits and sugar, or complex, like those in grains, or cereals such as barley, oat buckwheat, millet, rye; some root vegetables like parsnip and potatoes.

The benefits you get from them:

The resistant starches from green bananas, navy beans and whole-grain bread are good for colon health.

Carbohydrates contribute to lowering blood cholesterol levels and excess body weight. They act as your body’s fuel, improves muscle contractions and several physiological functions. They make you feel energetic, enthusiastic and full of vigor. High-fiber complex carbohydrates help improve digestion, stabilize blood sugar and maintain your energy levels; brown rice or whole-grain bread, belonging to the essential dietary fiber, are rich sources of vitamin B.

Some high-carb foods:

o Cereals and grains (white rice, barley, oatmeal); pasta and spaghetti;

o Certain types of bread like bagels, white bread, whole whet bread, muffins;;

o Some fruits, i.e. apricot, date, blueberry, banana, fig, grapes, apple, orange, pear, pineapple, strawberry, watermelon, raisins, etc.

o Legumes or beans such as chickpeas, white beans, black eye peas, refried beans, garbanzo beans, navy beans;

o Root vegetables like potato, sweet potato, carrot and corn;

o Dairy products are basically fat and protein, except nonfat milk, low fat, yogurt, chocolate mild and skimmed milk. All types of sweets, i.e., candies;

To take it or not to take it:

I can take any of those. In fact, I munch on dried peanuts during computer breaks. If you healthy and don’t have obesity problems, diabetes, arthritis, heart problems, and other carbohydrate-sensitive illnesses, you, too, can. But the prize, if taken excessively, is excess fat. Your call.

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