Good Carbs vs. Bad Carbs

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Chuck shed 265 pounds by conquering food addiction and devoting himself to a healthier lifestyle! Eight years later, he’s maintaining the weight loss by eating a plant-based diet. Going vegan once seemed unthinkable to Chuck, but now it’s going back to eating processed meat and dairy that would be inconceivable.

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Good Carbs

Good Carbs vs. Bad Carbs

If you thought the best way to lose weight and get healthy was to avoid carbohydrates, think again! Carbs play a vital role in keeping us healthy and can even help us stay slim and trim. But beware! Some carbs are healthier than others. Complex carbohydrates, found mostly in whole plant foods, maintain their natural fiber and fuel your body with the energy it needs. But simple carbs—which are made of one or two sugar molecules—are often stripped of their fiber, vitamins, and minerals. In this episode, Chuck Carroll and the Physicians Committee’s Susan Levin, R.D., will teach you everything you need to know about choosing your carbs wisely!

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Dotsie Bausch

Inspiration: It’s part two of our eye-opening interview with Olympic silver medalist and founder of the Switch4Good campaign, Dotsie Bausch. She goes in depth about how a plant-based diet is helping her avoid painful chronic inflammation that sometimes plagues athletes and hinders their performance. Now, some elite athletes are even coming up to her for advice! Plus, learn all about the upcoming documentary about plant-based athletes, The Game Changers, featuring Bausch and Barnard Medical Center director Jim Loomis, M.D.

Study up! School is in session as Susan and Chuck discuss a mountain of studies that shed light on just how healthy carbs can be! Here are the studies that we reference.

Better, Best! We’re showing you “better” and “the best” ways to turn some of the most popular unhealthy carbs into foods that will make your body sing. Better yet, it’s so easy to do!

Carbs to Limit Smarter Carbs Best Choices
Instead of: Choose:
Or better yet choose:
Candy Dried fruit Whole fruit
Soda or punch Fruit juice Seltzer with a dash of juice
White bread Whole-wheat bread Seven-grain bread
Enriched pasta Whole-wheat pasta Cracked wheat pilaf
White Crackers Whole-grain cracker Vegetable sticks
Cotton Candy Caramel apple Apple
Chocolate chip cookie Oatmeal raisin cookie Strawberries
Sugary cereal Bran cereal Rolled oats

There’s a lot more to learn about complex carbs vs. simple carbs.