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Good carbs vs. bad carbs. Nowadays you'll see people talking about which carbohydrates are good, and which are bad. But if you're trying to eat a healthy diet, how do you know what is actually good for you, and what is hype or trend? Generally speaking, healthy carbohydrates are low in sugars (like fructose, sucrose, and glucose) and high in fiber and long chain glucose molecules. That means that even though the compounds in these carbs eventually convert to sugars, they release much more slowly and steadily in your bloodstream than carbohydrates with just sugars. The result is long-lasting energy rather than a quick high followed by a crash.

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1. Vegetables

All vegetables fall under the healthy carbohydrate category. You can eat your favorite vegetables and know that you're getting vitamins, minerals, and healthy carbohydrates with every serving. Vegetables start to veer into the bad carbohydrate category when they're breaded or floured and fried. While the vegetables themselves are still healthy, adding a coating of breading or flour negates the benefits. Certain cooking methods, such as boiling, can also reduce the nutritional benefits of veggies.

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