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Complex Carbohydrates

Timeless Nutrition Tip

Foods that contain complex carbohydrates are the main source of energy for the body.

Although some advocates of high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets recommend cutting back on or eliminating carbohydrate containing foods such as potatoes, carrots and dried fruit, many nutrition experts believe that high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets are potentially unhealthy and are not beneficial for maintaining long-term weight loss.

Complex Carbohydrates Because these diets tend to be high in saturated fats and low in fruits, vegetables and grains, they may increase the risk for heart disease and some cancers.

Is Sugar to Blame?

Most of us do eat too much sugar - statistics concur that we eat an average of 22.2 teaspoons per day. The American Heart Association suggests that added sugars be cut back to four teaspoons per day for women and nine for men. But that doesn't mean you should blame all of the health woe's on sugar!

Sugar is probably not responsible for a bad day, a restless night or the like. But too much sugar can add a lot of empty calories in your diet that can tip the scales of your energy balance, and cause weight gain. It's best to keep added sugar intake to a minimum. To do that, keep an eye out for added sugar hidden in the least likely foods - from condiments to yogurt. Many low protein foods have a lot of sugar, too.

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