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Why should I lower my carbohydrate intake?

Dariush Mozaffarian, MD
Internal Medicine
Highly processed wheat, rice, and other refined grains and starches have the same effects in the body as table sugar. So minimize your intake of white bread, white rice, potatoes, most breakfast cereals, and most high-carbohydrate packaged and processed foods, such as pretzels and chips. Instead, choose whole grains, high-fiber breakfast cereals, brown rice, steel-cut oats, and nuts, fruits, and vegetables. When choosing carbs, a good rule of thumb is to be sure that each serving has no more than 10 grams of carbohydrate for every 1 gram of dietary fiber (maximum 10:1 carbohydrate-to-fiber ratio). Even better, if possible, aim for no more than 5 grams of carbohydrate for every gram of dietary fiber (maximum 5:1 carbohydrate-to-fiber ratio).

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