Carbs are associated with feeling sluggish and putting on weight, but not all carbs are bad.
Necessary for energy, some carbs also are a great source of protein and vitamins. And no, they will not make you fat.
Here are the top carb sources which pack a nutritious punch:
- Quinoa: A great source of fibre, quinoa is a brilliant source of protein and fibre and can also help control blood sugar
- Oats: A bowl of porridge is a great source of energy and fibre. They can lower cholesterol levels and are also a great source of protein.
- Bananas: There’s a reason tennis players snack on a banana during their break. A great source of energy, bananas high in potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin C. They also contain several beneficial plant compounds.Due to their potassium content, bananas can also help to lower blood pressure.
- Sweet potatoes: A great alternative to the common potato, sweet potatoes are a fab source of vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium. They are stacked full of antioxidants and reduce the risk of many diseases.
- Beetroot: High in inorganic nitrates beetroot can help to lower blood pressure and guard against other diseases.
- Oranges: These fruits are full of vitamin C, potassium and B vitamins which help improve heart health and can even help reduce the risk of anaemia.
- Kidney beans: This unassuming bean can help reduce the risk of colon cancer and improve blood sugar control, due to their levels of antioxidants like anthocyanins and isoflavones. Never eat them raw though, as they are toxic when uncooked.
- Chickpeas: Containing phosphorus and B vitamins they are great for heart health and digestive health.
- Apples: An apple a day….. it’s true what they say. A decent source of vitamin C can keep illness at bay.
- Grapefruit: This fruit can actually reduce insulin resistance, and is full of vitamins, minerals and plant compounds which all help with weight loss and to lower cholesterol.