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Good Carbs Bad Carbs

Written By South Centre Chiropractic Clinic & Summerside Chiropractic on December 19, 2016

I talk a lot about carbohydrates. There's good reason. It's because carbs in the form of starch is major contributor to diabetes. How can you tell if the product has a lot of starch? It's pretty simple math if you read labels. A great example is Corn Flakes. Per portion it has 24 grams of carbs (similar to a portion of stone cut oats). The Dietary fiber is 1 gram and the sugar is 3 grams. The ratio of fiber to starch is therefore 24:1. That's a problem because there is way more nutrient poor starch than the nutrient rich and filling fiber. If you eat a whole grain cereal with the same amount of carbs but with 14 grams of fiber you are better than a 2:1 ratio. Similar items are white rice compared to wild rice. Whole grain flour vs white. Whole grain pasta compared to white. Always aim for a 10:1 ratio. eg. 30 g of carbs needs at least 3 grams of dieatary fiber on the label to be healthy.
The best carbs are still vegtables and fruit but at a minimum if your going to eat grain make it whole grain and avoid potatoes, corn and peas. 
Heathfully Yours, 
Dr. D

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