Men’s Journal Published A Series Of Tips For Those Who Want To Consume Carbs In A Balanced And Healthy Way;
Fruit (Including Dried Fruit) Is Part Of A Sensible Plan.
Entitled “The Idiot-Proof Guide to Eating Carbs,” the popular magazine Men’s Journal published a series of tips from a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) to educate men on how to consume carbs sensibly.
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The following list of tips was found in the article:
- RDN Michelle Dudash informs us that the USDA Dietary Guidelines recommend that 45 to 65 percent of our total calories are carbohydrates. This is 247 to 357 grams per day on a 2,200-calorie diet. She adds that a nutritionist may advise those looking to lose weight to consume a lower range, around 40 percent.
- Carbs that are “good” versus “bad” for you include beans, peas, and lentils. This is because they contain carbs, protein, fiber, and vegetables—most of the non-starchy kinds like spinach, broccoli, and asparagus—finally, whole grains, milk, yogurt, and dried fruit.
- She expounds upon the fruit category to say the following:
About two cups of whole fruit per day suit most guys well. While fruit contains naturally occurring sugar, fruit’s fiber contents help blunt blood-sugar spikes and keep food sticking around longer in your stomach. Grab dried fruit with no added sugar like raisins, dates, and apricots, and stick to a quarter cup per serving.”
For all time, safe carbs have been the target of the health-conscious consumer looking to trim their body fat. Safe carbs include healthy doses of fruit to highlight the opposite carbs to resist. Candies and cakes are in the category of unsafe carbs.
What types of carbs to specifically avoid?
Starchy items, bread, and fried foods seem the worst. She cites studies showing these carbs may increase blood triglycerides linked to heart disease and diabetes. (Also check out “The Diabetes Hypothesis”)
The author closes by telling us the best way to consume healthy carbs. It is throughout the day and pairs them with equal parts protein and fat.
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Words By Genevieve Malandra