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What are good carbs?

Good carbs are the ones with a low glycemic index (GI) -- a measure of how quickly foods break down and send blood sugar up. The slower, the better. Bad high-GI carbs create blood sugar spikes that are followed by sharp plunges -- which make you hungry again. Over time, that roller coaster increases your risk of belly blubber, heart disease and diabetes. Good carbs include most fruits and vegetables; 100% whole-grain anything -- cereals, breads, crackers, whole-wheat pasta and couscous, brown and wild rice; and beans, lentils and other legumes.

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