Do Good Carbs Even Exist?

Published: December 15, 2021
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Do good carbs even exist? Does fruit really contain carbs? I know they have sugar but I am really confused.
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Dear Do Good Carbs Even Exist?,

TeenHealthFX is glad you asked this question. Good carbohydrates do exist and are a necessary nutrient that your body needs to get energy. Believe it or not, most people think carbohydrates only come from breads, however, that is not the case. Carbohydrates can be found in grains, fruits, vegetables, milk, nuts, and seeds. In addition, there is much more to carbohydrates than sugar. Each food item contains vitamins, minerals, and fiber that are an important part of a balanced diet and digestion. It is important to note that not all carbs are created equal and some do not have a lot of nutritional value. When picking products at a grocery store, try to opt for whole grains, real fruit versus fruit juice, and include a variety of food items into your diet. 

Cleveland Clinic explains that current diet trends and buzz words are “keto” and “low carb” but these terms are not regulated by the FDA. In addition, cutting out carbs when it is not necessary is now always a good idea. We recommend reaching out to your doctor or a nutritionist to find out the best meal plan for you to ensure you stay healthy and have a balanced diet. We hope this helps! 

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