Although carbs have been vilified as the macronutrient group most likely to cause weight gain, they are actually pretty important for your overall health. Your body metabolizes the carbs you eat into glucose, which is essential to fuel your cells, tissues, and organs, especially your brain. Carbs are your body’s most important source of energy, so making sure you get enough of the right kinds is essential for optimal function and all-day energy.
But there is a difference between good and bad carbs; specifically, unrefined and refined carbs. The former includes whole grains and produce full of fiber, which keep you feeling full and keeps your energy levels stable. The latter are the carbs that cause your blood sugar to spike then crash, leading to dips in energy, unhealthy cravings, and weight gain. The carbs on this list are the sugary, non-fibrous refined carbs you should stay away from.
With tons of added sugar, scary sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup, and a lack of fiber and other valuable nutrients, these are the worst carbs you can find at your supermarket. If you’re looking to lose weight, stay away from these carbs, and be sure to avoid our list of the 100 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet.
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