We’ve all heard the warning about carbohydrates and how eating them can lead to weight gain. They are one of, if not the most vilified foods on the market. And while it’s true, there are many carb-heavy foods that aren’t good for us, they also contribute to a healthy diet as they can contain fiber and other important nutrients. It’s just a matter of deciphering the good from the bad.
Bad carbs are known for their empty calories that can spike blood sugar levels, while good carbs fuel our brain and provide certain nutrients our body needs to function properly. However, due to the bad rep carbs have been getting, low carb diets have become increasingly popular. To help make a low carb diet more successful (and healthy), it’s important to know what carbs to avoid and which are okay to eat.
For the sake of this article, we’re focusing our attention on which foods to avoid on a low carb diet…
Not all cereals are made equal. There are so many different brands, flavors, and types of cereal. While it might seem obvious which ones aren’t healthy, there are some seemingly “healthy” cereals (and granolas) that aren’t what they appear to be. Eat This, Not That! warns consumers about refined cereals that actually cause weight gain due to their carb content. The source lists Raisin Bran, Frosted Mini-Wheats, and Oatmeal Crisp as some of the top offenders when it comes to carb-laden cereals.
“Swap with one-cup whole grain oats, which has more fiber and heart-healthy grains to help lower cholesterol,” says Elizabeth Ann Shaw, RDN to Women’s Health.