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The Truth About Carbohydrates

Not all Carbs are Created Equal


6/10/2008 11:41:01 PM

TESSA_NJ's SparkPage
Contrary to what this article suggests, reputable low carb diets (such as Atkins or South Beach) DO NOT eliminate fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, and beans from the diet. After a brief period of restriction (NOT ELIMINATION), both Atkins and South Beach recommend the inclusion of low glycemic index veggies, fruits and grains, and the elimination of empty white sugar and white flour. Unfortunately, there is alot of misinformation and misconceptions about low carb diets. It is important to do your research before beginning any diet!!
5/4/2008 5:33:05 AM

LISSA2008's SparkPage
I have a carb phobia! I was actually just thinking about this last night, so this article is very timely for me.

I am currently in week one of Fast Break and in tracking my food intake I'm consistently low in carbs. In examining this, I realize it's because I'm simply afraid of eating too many carbs. Some of this is because of all I've heard/read in the last few years as well as a previous diet plan I (unsuccessfully) tried.

The article is just loaded with information and I too will have to read and reread to fully understand the role of carbs. But so far it reinforces in me the idea of "all things in moderation". Our bodies need them but not to excess.
4/23/2008 10:41:36 AM

KAS20062's SparkPage
This article is really true to it's words. I ate carbs and realized that each time I ate carbs I had extra energy and worked more in the gym hence, I lost quite some weight but noticed that with my height and age my normal weight should be between 128 - 130 lbs but thanks to the carbs am able to nourish and enjoy what at first I thought was an enemy to my body.
4/8/2008 5:45:42 PM

This is good for newbies who are starting clean eatting.Get you on the right track.
3/27/2008 7:43:26 PM

Wow! Carbs are most definitely necessary for a well-rounded diet.
3/6/2008 2:25:25 AM

Wow! Awesome article, I really needed to read about this. It explained alot!
3/3/2008 7:59:10 PM

FLEURA's SparkPage
Great article! This explained a lot in a clear and concise manner. Thank you!
3/3/2008 6:54:43 PM

For those who thought they couldn't eat bread, there's all kinds of really great whole grain breads out there now so you can enjoy your bread and get great fiber at the same time. One of my favorites is one that includes flax seeds.
3/2/2008 11:29:02 AM

Ya, I was going to say that about the serving sizes.
I imagine they're just very small.

I did a low carb diet once, and I lost weight, but it is extremely hard, and doesn't last.

3/1/2008 12:47:28 PM

This article was very informative for me as I have always been taught NOT to eat carbs. I love vegetables and eat them religiously, but did not consider them carbs. It is very hard after being brainwashed for many years of dieting that I can eat bread ( even grain bread ). I feel like I am cheating when I eat bread and therefore mentally screw up my diet. I will use this article to try and get over the " I can't eat bread " syndrome.
3/1/2008 10:57:22 AM

CHERITA2's SparkPage
JKAREN, at first glance this appears to be a lot of food; however, as you learn what equals a serving, the turn quickly changes. For example, a whole grapefruit or whole banana equals 2 fruit servings, which then satisfies the minimum requirement. Go to to find out more about the correct portions and menu ideas.

I really loved the article and as a practicing RD, I really appreciate that it reinforces what I teach on a daily basis.
2/29/2008 3:10:06 PM

This is a lot of food. I would like to see a sample menu that includes all of these foods.

RULE 1: Include the following in your diet:

Fruits: 2-4 servings daily
Vegetables: 3-5 servings daily
Whole grain breads, muffins, bagels, rolls, pasta, noodles, crackers, cereal, and brown rice: 6-11 servings daily
Legumes, beans and peas: 1-2 servings daily
Low-fat and non-fat dairy products: 3 servings daily
2/29/2008 10:06:45 AM

Thank you for the brief explanation of good carbs vs, bad carbs. I had recently tried to get an understanding of it by researching the glycemic incex. Boy was that mind-boggling! Thus I quickly gave up on the idea of trying to figure out what carbs were "safe".
Your article not only helps me better understand that carbohydrates are not restricted to bread & muffins, but informs me of how those various foods break down.

Thanks again,
2/29/2008 6:22:55 AM

NANCYLEE46's SparkPage
TY Becky for making a complex subject somewhat easier to understand, although, I will have to read and reread to really grasp the concept. Very vital and informative information for me as I have celiac disease. I just wonder if I am getting enough of the proper carbs. due to my diet. Will keep my eyes open for future articles. Whenever I go to my nutrionist, I have information to present to her. I really know how much I learn here because there is not much more she can teach me. She just fills in the questions I have after reading your articles. You are a life-saver to me.
2/19/2008 3:52:54 PM

This article was great! I have a friend that is on atkins right now. In a month she's lost 18 pounds which is awesome but I was tellingher how i know a lot of people who get off of it and gain most of the weight back when they start eating carbs. ALso because your brain needs carbs she becomes extremely forgetful while on atkins. I'm going to share this article with her too.

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