6 ‘Bad’ Carbs That Are Actually Good For You

Despite their bad rap, these carbs are good for your health and your waistline.

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Have your carbs and eat them too

Thanks to the popularity of low-carb diets, some carb-heavy foods have been unfairly blacklisted. However, there’s no need to be scared of spuds or ban bananas. Lets set the record straight, and dig in guilt-free!

Corn

Corn gets a bad rap because it’s frequently found in packaged, processed food that can be void of nutrients. However, real, straight-up corn is a healthy whole grain, points out Jessica Levinson, RD, a New York City-based dietitian. “It’s a good source of fiber, vitamin C, and the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which promote healthy vision,” she says. Grill corn on the cob, heat up popcorn, or top a salad with fresh kernels.

Bananas

It’s bananas to think that nature’s perfect portable snack could have ever gotten labeled as bad for you, just because of its carbs and sugar content. “The fruit is a good source of vitamin B6, manganese, potassium, and fiber,” says Henderson, and when slightly unripe, bananas are also a good source of slimming resistant starch. Snack on them whole, pop them into smoothies, or even use them as a substitute for fats in baking.

Breakfast cereal

There’s no need to shun a bowlful of flakes. Many cereals are made with whole grains these days, so they can be a healthy way to start your day. Just check the label: Look for a short ingredients list with whole grains at the top and at least 3 grams of fiber and no more than 10 grams of sugar per serving.

White potatoes

We know we’re supposed to limit white bread, white rice, and white pasta. Somehow potatoes got swept up in that ban, too. “White potatoes are actually very good for you,” says Christian Henderson, RD, a New York City-based dietitian. “They’re a great source of potassium and vitamin C, and they have almost 4 grams of fiber with the skin on—15% of your recommended daily allowance.” As an alternative to the classic sour cream-slathered baked potato, try cutting potatoes into cubes, tossing them with olive oil and rosemary, and roasting until crisp.

Sourdough Bread

You don’t always have to pick whole wheat bread. Traditional sourdough is made through a process of fermentation, so it contains beneficial bacteria known as probiotics. “When these good bacteria are present in the bread-making process they help break down some of the gluten, so sourdough may actually be easier on gluten intolerant people than other gluten-containing breads,” Henderson says. “They also lower your insulin response and make some nutrients more readily available for digestion.”

Green peas

Sure, they’re higher in carbs and sugar than non-starchy vegetables, they’re even on some low carb diets’ “foods to avoid” lists. “ However, peas are a great source of phytonutrients with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity,” Henderson says. One in the spotlight is coumestrol, which has been shown to potentially protect against stomach cancer, Henderson adds. A cup of cooked green peas also boasts more than 7 grams of filling fiber. Eat them straight up or in soups or salads, or add dried peas to a trail mix.
Adapted from: Leslie Barrie
Nutrition Tip of the Day
Some fats are better for you than others! Use liquid vegetable oils such as canola, corn, olive, safflower, sesame and sunflower oils in place of butter and solid fats whenever possible.
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4 thoughts on “6 ‘Bad’ Carbs That Are Actually Good For You

  1. I completely agree with you! These foods are in fact good carbs. Banana is my preferred pre-workout meal, and I never miss it. Peas is rich in protein and fiber, and corn too. I love them both! Thanks for the post, it was good to read it!

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    • Thank you for reading! Sometimes it can get confusing, with all the “nutritional” information flying everywhere, what is healthy for our bodies vs. what we delve into on moderations. Micronutrients are almost deplete in many of our diets as well, and we don’t need a huge helping of these foods. Generally, a tablespoon or 2 will give most of us what we need. I agree with YOU! A banana and some nut butter is the pefect pre-workout energizer. I don’t go to any workout without having a banana first! Have a blessed day.

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