But if studies from 2015 are anything to go by we should be embracing them, as they've been linked to boosting brain power and living a longer life. Obviously not every carb will work wonders, but there are some you can tuck into without guilt.
The humble white spud shouldn't be avoided, and when cooked and cooled, some of the starch molecules are converted to become resistant. This type of starch doesn't turn into glucose and instead acts as a probiotic fibre, benefiting the digestive system. Next time you make a salad for your lunch at work, chuck in some cooled new potatoes - the longer they're cold for, the lower the carb content.
Sweet potatoes do contain slightly more calories and sugar than the white variety, but they are also full of nutrients such as vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants. On top of this they boast a high level of fibre and are low GI, so are the perfect accompaniment to any meal.
Seeing as sweet potato makes the list, it's no surprise winter squash is another healthy carb. They contain around half the calories found in their potato counterparts, so there's no reason not to roast them and blitz them up into a delicious soup.
These work perfectly in salads, soups or stews and with so many different options, you can incorporate lentils into pretty much any dish. They are known for their high fibre and protein levels, which help you digest your food at a good rate and will keep you full for a long time.
Many of us are ditching white rice for wholemeal, but that shouldn't be the case. Brown rice is in fact full of phytic acid; this binds to materials in your digestive tract, making it difficult for your body to absorb them. Like the white potato, you may want to let it cool slightly before eating it, as again this process forms resistant starch.
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