Carbohydrates have a bad reputation these days amid the popularity of keto and low-carb diets. People have come to associate too many carbs with insulin resistance, weight gain, and unhealthy eating habits.
Nothing could be further than the truth, according to Dr. Mark Hyman, a family physician who specializes in a food-as-medicine approach to health, and the author of “Food Fix” and “Eat Fat, Get Thin.”
“Carbs are the single most important thing you can eat for health and weight loss,” Hyman told Insider in an email interview about his new book, “The Pegan Diet.”
Both the quality and the quantity of carbs matter for your diet goals, he explained. Nutrient-dense, lower calorie carb sources can be a foundation of a healthy diet, helping to cut out “empty” calories like sugar and refined carbs.
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