What Foods Are High in Carbs?


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Potatoes, corn, beans, peas and oats are some foods that are high in carbohydrates. Granulated sugar, white flour, white rice, corn starch and pasta are foods high in refined carbohydrates.

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Bread, cookies, cakes, pastries, donuts, soft drinks and candy are foods that are high in carbohydrates. Starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes and yams are also rich in carbohydrates. Bananas, dried fruits and figs contain concentrated levels of natural sugar, making them high in carbohydrates. Grains made into flakes, shreds or puffs have high amount of refined carbohydrates. Grains that are processed to strip the germ or bran, such as white pasta and couscous, are included in this category.

Carbohydrates that have a high fiber content, such as whole grains, fruits, beans and vegetables, are generally healthier. These carbohydrates are slowly absorbed by the system and do not increase the blood sugar levels as much as processed carbohydrates, such as white bread.

Foods containing refined sugar can lead to weight gain due to their high calorie counts. While consuming whole grains, eating potatoes with their skins and including starchy foods, such as cereals, provide adequate fiber and are a part of a balanced diet, having a diet overly rich in carbohydrates increases the risk of obesity. On the other hand, not consuming an adequate amount of carbohydrates can lead to malnutrition.

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