The main reason most people may want to sweep carbohydrates to the side is because consuming it in large quantities have been linked to obesity and metabolic diseases. The time has come to clear the good name of carbohydrates, as fortunately not all carbohydrates are created equal.

Thus, you may want to include these 4 groups of “good carbs” regularly into your diet for all the benefits of carbohydrates, minus the guilt.

5. Apples and berries

Most fruit contains some carbohydrates, but they also offer numerous vitamins and minerals that are good for the body, so it is crucial to choose the best kinds which are worth consuming.

Apples are really high in soluble fibre, where its consumption helps in reducing weight. The Pink Lady apples for example, have high flavonoid content, an antioxidant and a fat-burning compound. Similarly, berries such as the raspberries and blueberries also come equipped with a magical compound called polyphenol that prevents fat from forming. This makes berries the most nutritious sources of carbohydrates in the fruit category.

6. Lentils

Lentils are complex carbohydrates, which means the body burns these carbohydrates slowly so as to keep from getting hungry longer and provides a steady source of energy. There are so many variations of lentils such as red, yellow, Puy (or French), and brown - to name just a few. To further win you over, lentils also contain high protein and soluble fibre, which is good for lowering cholesterol levels and helps in stabilising blood sugar levels.

7. Wild rice

Just as how whole-wheat pasta and bread were good alternatives to its white counterparts, wild rice also packs a meaner punch than normal white rice.

Wild is better, and now we know why. To begin with, wild rice is not a rice plant at all. It is actually a type of semi-aquatic grass. Unlike the normal white rice which tends to bulk up the diet, wild rice has the opposite effect. It is a gluten-free food and keeps hunger at bay so as to prevent overeating because of its high fibre content. Due to this high fibre content, good heart health is also promoted by it clearing out the bad cholesterol from the cardiovascular system.

8. Black beans

Eating beans have been known to leave one feeling gassy and bloated, sometimes resulting in letting some unpleasant odours rip. What is less known is the fact that black beans are a good source of carbohydrates that can help in weight loss.

Just like the other good carbohydrates, black beans are also high in fibre, which is great in getting things to move along, but also gives off the feeling of being full for a lot longer. These beans are also loaded in protein to keep energy levels up and to keep blood sugar levels down, to avoid over-snacking and overeating, thus helping in the perpetual quest of weight loss. MIMS

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