Here are strategies for handling carbohydrates:
- Fresh fruits are good sources of quality carbohydrates. Be careful with fruit juices,
which often are too sweet, even if no sweeteners are added. Avoid canned fruits packed
in syrup. Dried fruits might also be too sweet, even if not packed in sugar.
- Most fresh vegetables are quality sources of carbohydrates.
- Favor whole grain cereal over a sugar coated cereal. Choose whole wheat bread and
pasta instead of white bread and conventional pasta.
- Replace white rice with brown rice or wild rice.
- Instead of white potatoes, serve sweet potatoes, squash, or mashed cauliflower.
When buying or serving processed foods, keep in mind that the word “sugar” is only
one of many terms for added sweetness. High fructose corn syrup, any kind of syrup
(like rice syrup), evaporated cane juice, and concentrated grape juice are only a
few of the many sweeteners that can appear in processed foods, even supposedly “natural”