Does Your Body Need More Carbs?

When you’re on a mission to eat healthier, it’s understandable that you want to break up with as many unhealthy foods as you can. One of the first to go is usually carbs, but many of us unintentionally ghost them on a grander scale than is necessary, and sabotage our health goals in the process.

That’s because not all carbs mess with your health: Complex carbs, like those found in veggies and whole grains, are actually an important part of a balanced diet. (Related: Carb Backloading: Should You Eat Carbs at Night to Lose Weight?)

“Carbohydrates are one of the main sources of energy used by the body,” says Texas-based registered dietitian Linzi Cruz. “It’s true that an imbalance of carbs can impact weight loss, liver function, and GI metabolism, but too little of them can cause some pretty uncomfortable side effects as well.”

Excerpted from Shape

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