Study Says Carbs Are Your Friend

Carbs really get a bad rap from some diet gurus, but there's new evidence that we get a lot of benefit from those starchy delights.

Eating Wellsays there are several reasons to keep the pasta and bread on your dinner table, including:

They can boost your mood.Carbs encourage the production of the feel-good chemical serotonin. In one recent study, people who followed a very low carbohydrate diet for a year experienced more depression, anxiety and anger than those on a low-fat, high-carb diet.

They can help aid in weight loss. Many carbohydrates contain dietary fiber, which is actually an indigestible complex carbohydrate. Fiber can help keep you feeling full for longer and aids in healthy digestion, both of which can aid in weight loss.

They're good for your heart.Research suggests that increasing your intake of soluble-fiber, the kind found in foods like oatmeal and beans, by 5 to 10 grams each day could result in a 5% drop in "bad" LDL cholesterol.

They might trim your waistline.According to theJournal of Nutrition, adults who ate about 3 servings of whole grains a day had about 2.4% less body fat and 3.6% less abdominal fat than those who ate less than a quarter of a serving.

They'll keep your memory sharp. Tufts University studied overweight women and found  those who agreed to completely eliminate carbohydrates from their diets did worse on tests of working memory than those who followed a "low-calorie" diet with carbs intact.

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