Learn why carbohydrates should be a part of your healthy diet.
By Toni Gasparis
With low-carb snacks and no-carb diets, figuring out whether you should be eating carbohydrates can be confusing. While many people view carbs as a negative and non-essential nutrient, they actually play a very integral part in the healthy functioning of your body. In fact, if we don’t get enough carbs in our system our body can look for fuel in other areas such as our muscles and it can even impact our liver. Dr. Oz’s trusted experts and nutritionists Maya Feller, Kristin Kirkpatrick, and Rachel Swanson are here to help explain what carbs are and why they’re important, as well as the types you should and should not be eating.
How to Build a Meal
While your body needs carbs, it does not need them in excess. While you should eat carbs every day, Feller says you should make sure to stick to an average serving size of carbs at your meals which is roughly the size of the palm of your hand. Make sure to build your plate with the addition of lean protein and non-starchy veggies for a healthy meal. Additionally, Kirkpatrick recommends upgrading the kinds of carbs you eat by trying out carbs that are less digestible and therefore more effective at keeping you full and satisfied. She suggests trying out bean pasta instead of whole grain pasta and sprouted bread instead of whole grain bread.