10 High Carb Foods that are Incredibly Good for You

10 High Carb Foods that are Incredibly Good for You

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:

  1. Quinoa: A great source of fibre, quinoa is a brilliant source of protein and fibre and can also help control blood sugar
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Beetroot: High in inorganic nitrates beetroot can help to lower blood pressure and guard against other diseases.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Chickpeas: Containing phosphorus and B vitamins they are great for heart health and digestive health.
  9. Apples: An apple a day….. it’s true what they say. A decent source of vitamin C can keep illness at bay.
  10. 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.

 


The Author

Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.

Comments

Lucy C.
31 May 2017

Lucy C.

aren't sweet potatoes quite sugary? (and high on the food miles?) It is now new potato season and I am enjoying those, delicious.

Claire H.
30 May 2017

Claire H.

I wish I liked sweet potatoes as they are meant to be a more nutritional carb than standard potatoes. Surely normal potatoes are very good for you too though. I think they should be on this list too!

Paula C.
26 May 2017

Paula C.

I can understand this anti-carb brigade who think that all carbs are bad. Yet now there seems to be an 'anti-anti-carb brigade' who seem to think that anyone who thinks all carbs are bad are completely wrong. I would say that there is some evidence to show that a high-carb diet, even one with wholegrains like wholegrain pasta and bread, are not the healthiest and can contribute to disease. We need to keep processed carbs low, and stick to things like sweet potatoes.

Jim R.
25 May 2017

Jim R.

this 'carbs are bad' thing usually seems to come from those who can't tell the difference between cake and wholegrains! There are two types of carbohydrate, simple and complex. Neither is bad but the inability to understand the difference drives me, er, bananas!

Sean S.
25 May 2017

Sean S.

I love all the above...except kidney beans. There is a lot of anti-carb hype, which is just not appropriate for those of us who are slim and active and can afford to eat as many wholegrains as we like!

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