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And you're better off eating fewer carbs than eating carbs with a low glycemic index, e
By eliminating processed junk food, eating high-fiber carbs and choosing lean meats, fish, eggs, full-fat dairy and vegetables, you'll have a heart-healthy diet that wards off diseases.
Healthy carbs are unprocessed--such as beans, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains--or minimally processed--such as dairy products or whole-grain bread.
The bottom line: Choose whole foods that are healthy sources of carbs, and balance your carb intake with healthy protein (fish, shellfish, skinless poultry) and fat (vegetable oils, nuts, seeds).
After eating, the body converts most carbs into glucose, which is then transported in the blood to the cells that need it, such as the brain and muscles.
But just as with carbs your choice of protein matters, says Johns.
Major finding: At week 37, fasting glucose, insulin, and maternal insulin resistance were significantly higher in the low carb/high fat diet, compared with the low fat/high carb diet.
CARBS: Eat up to 1g of net carbs per lb of body weight.
Heinz has just launched a lower carb food range called Heinz Carb Check.
Consumers are more concerned about carbs and other macro nutrients.
Veggies, grains and beans can also contain protein and fats, but they tend to have a higher amount of carbs than, say, meat, which has more protein.