When you’re focused on losing or maintaining weight, you get plenty of advice about carbs. What’s the truth — should you avoid carbs at all costs, or just certain ones?
Our dietitians reveal the facts behind common carbohydrate myths:
Myth 1: Carbs make you gain weight
“People often say that carbs are fattening. But complex carbohydrates, like whole grains, are not ‘fattening’ foods,” says Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD.
This myth, she believes, may spring from carbs’ effect on insulin. Eating carbohydrates raises your blood glucose and prompts your body to release insulin. This redirects your glucose to cells.
“But it’s the type and quantity of the…