Kick those no carb diets to the curb! Carbohydrates are an essential nutrient in our diet which supply energy. However, some sources of carbs are much more healthful than others. September is whole grains month. Whole grains include sources of carbs such as whole wheat, brown rice, oats, and barley that contain the WHOLE grain: the germ, bran, and endosperm. Refined grains such as white bread, rice, or pasta only contain the endosperm and are therefore lacking in a variety of nutrients. In other words, when it comes to carbs, whole grains give you more bang for your buck!
Colleen Forrest, RDN, LDN
Spectrum Health Services, Inc.