Carbohydrates (7/14)

One of the biggest misconceptions that I hear is the unfounded belief that all carbs are bad or that one must severely restrict carbs to lose weight.

All of the MyPlate food groups contain healthful foods which contain carbohydrates. Beans in the protein group, fruits, grains, dairy, and vegetables all contain carbs. (Some non-starchy vegetables do have a negligible amount of carbohydrate.) Some people on medically supervised nutrition therapies must restrict carbs (such as those with intractable epilepsy who are prescribed a ketogenic diet). For those of us without medical contraindications, it is important to know that the Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Ranges (AMDRs) for carbohydrates are 45-65% of calories. This is the range of intake that is “associated with reduced risk of chronic disease”

Contributor: Summer Yule, MS, RDN from Summer Yule

Written by James Metcalfe

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