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Healthy Carbs You Should Be Eating

Updated on March 13, 2024
Learn the best whole-food, nutrient-dense sources of carbohydrates. Get more healthy tips like this from Food Network.
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Sweet Potatoes

The intense orange color of sweet potatoes is part of what makes these tubers so healthy. They're chock-full of beta carotene, the precursor to vitamin A, which is essential for vision and a healthy immune system. You can drink your daily dose of sweet potatoes in this Sweet Potato-Pear-Cinnamon Juice.

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Lentils and beans contain complex carbohydrates, as well as fiber and protein. These qualities make it a food that fills you up. 

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Milk and other dairy products, like yogurt and cottage cheese, contain lactose — a type of sugar. Milk also delivers protein and sodium; the combination of these three components makes it a good beverage after intense workouts, according to research.

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Fruit is the best way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Fruit gets its sweetness from fructose, which is balanced with fiber, water, phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals. While low-carb diets tend to shun sweeter fruits, like bananas and mangoes, these are actually a great source of quick energy.

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