Not the Enemy: 4 Carbs Nutritionists Think You Should Actually Eat

Hallie Gould

Carbs—a word that incites many varying reactions for many different people. For me, it's along the lines of "Yum, give me that." For others, carbs are the first thing they will cut out of their diet if weight loss is the goal. In fact, Kim Kardashian West credits losing more than 60 pounds after her pregnancy to the Atkins diet. But a new study shows those who cut fat rather than carbs are more likely to burn more body fat overall.

"It is detrimental to cut out carbs entirely because it can put the body in a constant state of ketosis," says Jessica Rosen, a certified holistic health coach and president of Raw Generation. "Ketosis is fine in the short term, but over an extended period of time, it causes the body to be overly acidic and can damage your health. Excess acidity in the body promotes inflammation, digestive problems, and chronic disease."

So what to do? Do we cater to less than 40 net carbs a day à la KKW, or let the experts and studies guide us down a different path? I inquired about the carbs themselves. There has to be something that qualifies as a carb but still allows for a healthy, clean diet. "The best carbohydrate foods are unprocessed whole foods, like fresh fruit, 100% juice, whole grains, foods made with whole grains, and many vegetables," says Jennifer Iserloh of the Skinny Chef. "These foods also contain fibre, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Foods made with refined grains have fewer of these nutrients. Foods loaded with added sugars have few nutrients and can add excess calories."

Here, we list the top four healthiest carbs and why you should continue to incorporate them into your diet.

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