Good Carbs and Bad Carbs

January 5, 2014


By Lisa De Fazio RD and K-Cal Channel 9.

{ 184 comments… read them below or add one }

fcarter-doreau June 17, 2014 at 5:37 pm

I personally LOVE carbs! I think it is very important for everyone to understand the difference between good carbs and bad carbs. Because Carbs do get such a bad rap, but yet they are definitely needed by the body. Like for instance when people cut all carbs on certain diets… that can be very harmful to their health!

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Agnes Turner June 19, 2015 at 2:02 pm

I did not know there are two different carbs, good and bad carbs. Thank you for the informative video to help me to know more about carbs.

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aellis February 24, 2016 at 11:17 pm

Be cautious in your diet of what carbs you take in. Make a grocery list of what you get then look up on the internet if you are taking in more bad carbs than good.

knichole February 28, 2016 at 9:07 am

That is a fantastic idea, I think I too should look up how many good and bad carbs I would be takining in. Proper regulation of carbs will help your diet in the long run.

JPrichard March 3, 2016 at 5:54 pm

I had no idea either. I will remember this when I go grocery shopping and ill tell my family about this video so they can eat healthy with me!

RAPAPM September 30, 2016 at 12:18 pm

I just thought carbs were carbs. Didn’t know there were good carbs and bad carbs. Just you learn something new everyday.

HeyY'all February 12, 2017 at 1:26 pm

I knew there where good carbs and bad carbs but I did not know what foods had good/bad carbs.

idelatoba February 28, 2017 at 12:06 am

Hello, Agnes, I knew there were two different types of carbs but I never took the time to separate them and eat the ones that are good for me. I still really don’t. I guess because I am not overweight I think I can eat what I want, maybe it will catch up to me when I get older.

mfranklin1` March 11, 2017 at 12:14 pm

carbs are ok as long as they are consumed in moderation. moderation is the key here.

nwade October 6, 2017 at 9:33 pm

I did know this. There are also good sugars and bad sugars. Fruits and veggies are the way to go.

Awilliams23 October 11, 2017 at 4:46 pm

I’ve realized how many bad carbs I am taking in when I made my grocery list. Thank you aellis

koliver2054 June 30, 2015 at 3:54 pm

I totally agree we need both kinds of crabs but the video did a great job of explaining them. I also love crabs and probably eat to many bad carbs.

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Shannon Williams August 20, 2015 at 9:45 pm

I love all the carbs! Especially the bad ones. I need to cut all the foods I love and learn how to eat healthy fruits and vegetables! Yuck! Learning to eat correct is like learning a foreign language, its very hard but with discipline it can be done.

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dhouse2 October 18, 2016 at 12:53 am

once the habit is broken its not that bad things do taste good you learn how to cook them or prepare them. just have to find the way you like them then go from there.

msorrell April 29, 2017 at 11:40 pm

I agree, I definitely need to cut back on my bad carbs. It’s so hard to eat healthy sometimes!

KatelynOstrem October 5, 2017 at 12:09 am

Carbs are always my go to food.. I really should cut back on them. Maybe taking this class will help.

mclark8 October 11, 2017 at 6:23 pm

I love carbs too! It is so hard for me to steer clear of the bad carbs. Definitely happy to know there are at least good carbs.

lwebb August 22, 2015 at 4:25 pm

I never knew that there was a such thing as good and bad carbs. I always thought they were all bad!

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chelseavhunter January 14, 2016 at 12:46 am

Its good to know the truth about carbs and proteins especially as we get older and many of the effects of foods and our health choices start to become more apparent through our body and its reaction as well as physical condition.

chelseavhunter January 14, 2016 at 12:49 am

The truth about carbs and proteins becomes important information as we get older as it may start to have effects on our health so to be aware his knowledge we can slow down the aging process and make the transition of age slow down and less intense.

srussell September 12, 2016 at 2:06 pm

I always thought that all carbs were bad for you. Who knew there were good and bad.

krichards3 March 7, 2017 at 11:44 pm

I never knew there were bad carbs and good carbs either. I thought all carbs were bad. I have heard of girls cutting all carbs out of their diets so I guess maybe that’s why I assumed they were all bad.

Kmclane1426 August 31, 2015 at 10:58 pm

I have learned a little bit about carbs before, however it is still hard for me to understand them. I have been told that anything white is bad for you. I also heard not to eat to many of certain fruits. These videos have helped me learn what carbs are good and what carbs are better for you.

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drandle October 3, 2016 at 5:09 pm

I agree. It is so hard keeping up with all that is supposed to be a good carb and a bad carb. This video was helpful though!

BMcGriff1227 March 6, 2017 at 4:37 pm

I have been trying to learn more about carbs but it’s so hard to always remember the good from the bad. With going to school, work and taking care of my nephew sometimes it just easier to run to the store grab something or even go to a fast food restaurant . I’m going to try and start looking in to the good carbs. hopefully it will work out good!

Alexis Smallwood October 1, 2015 at 11:40 pm

It can be harmful to your health to cut carbs! Like the news clip said that you have to have carbs! Even people who go on protein diets have to watch what kind of protein they are consuming because it can cause health issues later on in life.

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Ksmith October 7, 2015 at 10:39 am

Carbs are my weakness! I learned the difference when i was on a low carb diet. I also learned how your body needed carbs like you mentioned

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Allie_B October 28, 2015 at 9:25 pm

Carbs give you energy! Fruit is a great carb.

alec_young2 July 3, 2016 at 6:56 pm

I agree. My sister has been on a low carb diet for a couple of months now, and it worries me because I don’t want her energy levels to significantly decrease. I plan to inform her about good carbs and let her know that she can still get energy in a healthy manner.

vrobinson July 6, 2016 at 11:10 pm

Carbs are something we all need and its crazy to think just how much stuff is made up of it.

Averyel85 October 26, 2016 at 7:07 pm

Yeah low carb diets definitely had me feeling really sluggish and I had less energy.

csmart January 22, 2017 at 6:57 pm

I thought they were all bad carbs so when I wanted to do the low carb diet like you, I took it to the extreme and tried to cut them all. Watching this i realize how important carbs really are.

bburks March 1, 2017 at 7:59 pm

They are definitely my weakness too. I can still have carbs, just not the ones I typically have. I liked that they explained why certain ones were “bad” and substitution options.

KLaFlora June 23, 2017 at 12:09 am

Carbs are most everyone’s weakness. It is a struggle to not choose the bad carbs and to not over eat the good ones.

mcunningham February 22, 2016 at 7:24 pm

Up until recently I didn’t know there was such a thing as “good carbs”. Now I know and I am so glad I know because that is something everyone should know and they should also know the difference between good and bad.

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tbuck2204 March 3, 2016 at 10:10 pm

Im with you, I called my mom and filled her in on good vs bad.

dmitchell6 August 25, 2017 at 12:54 pm

I felt the same way. I had an idea that some carbs were good and some carbs were bad, but I didn’t really know how to distinguish them. I’m happy to have a starting point that is going to help guide future decisions. White, bad. Brown, good.

dahlke11 February 23, 2016 at 5:08 pm

I love carbs too! I never knew there was good and bad carbs, so this video helped me out alot.

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lefj1979 February 24, 2016 at 4:51 pm

I never knew the difference until I started working out and most people hate carbs.

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reagonj March 9, 2016 at 2:53 pm

I love carbs too, and I completely agree with you. I did not know all the good carbs, but now im glad I do!

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kgray5 April 27, 2016 at 6:16 pm

I have to agree with you. I love carbs too and it is important to know the difference between the good and bad ones.

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kfendley June 5, 2016 at 11:29 pm

I think that is video is especially informational. I had no idea that there are two different types of carbs. With this new information, I will be able to make better food choices.

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jpatino June 7, 2016 at 9:02 pm

I agree with you about loving carbs. I have tried to cut back on the carb intake, however, everything I like to eat has carbs. I am amazed on how many carbs milk contain.

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wevans June 21, 2016 at 4:53 pm

Yes, it seems that carbs are all over the place. I am going to be very selective about choosing the ones with higher nutritional values, and avoid the ones with mostly just calories.

RSwaim June 28, 2016 at 8:16 am

I also didn’t know that there were bad and good carbs, this video and these comments were very helpful to understand the differences.

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psimms July 6, 2016 at 1:32 pm

How many of each types of carbs are recommended for a healthy diet? I know that cutting out most of the bad carbs is a very effective weight loss strategy.

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trhoden October 5, 2016 at 6:26 pm

I love carbs too! After watching this video I finally understood the difference in good and bad. in high school I was always taught that carbs were bad, but now I know that there are actually good ones.

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bbyers6771 February 2, 2017 at 8:31 pm

I completely agree with you and its so true that the really do fuel you body,however i need to work on liking the good carbs a little more than i like the bad carbs.

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Pauffmomma March 2, 2017 at 7:09 pm

I look forward to paying closer attention to the courts that I eat to make sure that I am eating the right kind of carbs and not bad carbs.

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CHARPER3 October 11, 2017 at 8:32 pm

I’m not so much a lover of carbs in food form. I have realized that more often than not I drink my carbs. I have to change this habit immediately!

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mhood June 16, 2014 at 1:54 pm

I know that I intake a great amount of carbohydrates each day. While watching this video, it has made me want to have a different approach as to what I eat now

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JessyM July 26, 2016 at 4:28 pm

I need to eat more good carbs. Incorporating this into my daily routine is harder than it seems. I am constantly looking for new ways to fix the good carbs to make them more interesting!

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mhood June 16, 2014 at 1:51 pm

I am almost sure that I intake a great amount of carbohydrates each day. While watching this video, it has made me want to consume a great portion of those carbs in a different way.

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tclift23 February 22, 2016 at 1:34 pm

consuming those carbs in a good way can give you a lot of energy and you can see a difference in the way you look and feel after a while!

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TDeLoch February 26, 2016 at 1:34 pm

I think now the next step for me is to make a list of good carbs I can incorporate into my diet as well! I’ve always limited my carb intake, but now I know that carbs are not all bad.

JessyM July 26, 2016 at 4:29 pm

I always notice a difference in my energy level when I consume “good carbs” and exercise regularly.

JGarrett July 6, 2016 at 4:23 pm

I agree! Carbs are my weakness. I definitely need to control mine in a different way and eliminate the white carbs and add the brown carbs.

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Pauffmomma March 2, 2017 at 7:10 pm

I have to say I’m a sucker for pastas which is loaded with carbs definitely my weakness

pbridges9020 June 14, 2014 at 10:16 am

Very informative, I always thought of Carbs as Bad “Sugars” !!. I am really enjoying my Nutrition Course I am learning a lot. I always thought that the Low Carb diet was no Sugars and all protein.

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vvaldes1222 May 1, 2015 at 12:33 am

I too thought of carbs only being bad. But after watching this video, I realize that some carbs are good for you.

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jreyes October 7, 2015 at 9:14 pm

Agreed! With the well known fad diet, it does give you that mentality of “bad sugars”. I’m also learning so much from this course and am glad it was a pre-requisite course because otherwise I wouldn’t have took it and would’ve missed out on all this great information!

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saylett October 12, 2015 at 7:08 pm

I too thought that all sugar as bad. Watching this video has certainly changed my thinking on that. I said in an earlier comment that I always wanted to believe in the fad diets that took the weight off fast. I am now learning that the slower the weight loss process, the better chance it has to become permanent. Now I know that while a lot of the fad diets refer to all carbs as bad, there are some good carbs.

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Pauffmomma March 2, 2017 at 7:11 pm

the nutrition videos expecially on carbs is giving me a lot to think about when it comes to buy diet as well as the diet of my family

blusinger February 23, 2016 at 2:02 pm

im in a nutrition course right now and I am learning a lot from these videos!

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Mwatkins1 March 1, 2016 at 3:30 pm

I agree. I am really enjoying my nutrition class. All these videos we have watched have really taught me a lot of new things.

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Natalie Fusilier October 11, 2017 at 8:40 pm

Yes, I thought the same thing! This video helped me understand how important carbs are in a diet.

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RVillegas June 10, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Carbs are such a confusing subject!!! Are they good or are they bad? UGH! They are complicated! I did not know that fruit and foods like that contained carbohydrates! I only thought that carbs came from bread and foods of that nature. There is so much to learn about the body and what we put into it!! I will look for GOOD CARBS mostly now!

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mhulse March 4, 2015 at 7:40 pm

I’m with you very confusing. Gonna have to pay more attention

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sparks June 4, 2014 at 10:32 am

This video made me realize just how unhealthy I really eat. I hardly ever get anything that is whole wheat. And I always get white bread instead of wheat bread. I just think that white bread and white rice taste better than the wheat bread and brown rice.

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swhitfield February 15, 2016 at 8:56 pm

I feel the exact same way! The white stuff tastes way better than the healthy fiber brown stuff. But I like that rule of thumb that’s an easy way to kind of pick the healthier version even if its just once or twice a month haha.

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Pauffmomma March 2, 2017 at 7:12 pm

I can make the switch the whole grain breads but eating the darker pastas probably never going to happen for me because I cannot stand the test

mpearce June 1, 2014 at 5:02 pm

I’m a big fan of whole wheat products except for the pasta. I just can’t get past the somewhat cardboard taste of it! I make homemade whole wheat bread, I wonder how involved it would be making whole wheat pasta, and if it would be any better? I’ve never tackled homemade pasta, seems like one of those things that would be easy to mess up. If anyone hasn’t tried eating whole wheat bread and rice, if you ever switch to it, white bread and rice won’t even seem palatable anymore.

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CBaise August 26, 2015 at 3:54 am

I am also a big fan of whole wheat products, but I do usually opt for the whole wheat pastas. I think it depends on what you do with it. I made some lasagna roll-ups with whole wheat lasagna and it tasted amazing. I do sometimes get that “cardboard taste” you mentioned when I use the whole wheat spaghetti noodles.

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Sdecker May 30, 2014 at 3:10 pm

I have also heard both good and bad things about carbs yet I know that everyone needs both carbs, fats, and proteins. I know that bananas are a great carb so I often eat those a lot. I liked this video though. I do try to take in a lot of fiber such as the fiber 1 bars, and high fiber cereals. I eat a lot of oatmeal though.

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Mcrabb1 April 30, 2015 at 10:20 pm

I also eat fiber 1 bar and banana to maintain fiber in my body.

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k. williams May 5, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Unable to see the video, it says its disabled.

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pharrell7786 May 2, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Fiber 1 bars are also and excellent form of fiber but im sure everyone knows that haha

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msmith June 19, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Grocery stores sell all kinds of Fiber One bars. My favorite is the fudge brownie! That is a great source of fiber, and the ones I’ve tried are really tasty!

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Pauffmomma March 2, 2017 at 7:13 pm

pets definitely a place that I work to get my fiber but with his good as they make them taste we have to be careful that we don’t take in too much fiber

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Cicenhower June 11, 2017 at 3:47 pm

Fiber 1 bars are a good source of fiber but I have to be careful eating them. Sometimes if I get to eating them frequently they start making my stomach hurt.

pharrell7786 May 2, 2014 at 4:36 pm

White bread is horrible for you always go with whole wheat.

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mpearce June 1, 2014 at 5:03 pm

I had to quit eating white bread after helping with an art class years ago. They used white flour to make paste. I couldn’t help but to think what that did inside your body!

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Micah Thomas October 5, 2016 at 12:11 am

I’ve always figured white bread wasn’t too good for you, but never knew for sure. Wheat bread is all that I buy!

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dhouse2 October 18, 2016 at 12:59 am

in my house its we are split on white or wheat bread i like wheat but others in my household think its to dry and will not eat wheat bread for anything.

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MSmith April 22, 2014 at 10:22 pm

Its nice to know the difference between bad and good carbs. I tried to do the Adkins diet years ago. I did loose weight, but it always flared up my gout!

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Sdecker May 30, 2014 at 3:16 pm

I did not try that diet but am always interested to hear what people have to say about certain diets. thanks for the info, Megan!
-Sadie Decker

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MCogburn3 March 9, 2014 at 8:02 pm

The speaker was really awesome, kinda bland in the face tho~ ♥♥♥ needs a little more enthusiasm~!! 🙂 Cool video tho~ a little fast paced. Great imagery with the ‘Good’ and Bad’ carbs~!! I thought the bit about simple sugars needing no digestion was interesting, I didn’t know that~!!

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awagner March 5, 2014 at 10:22 pm

I’d say I have a pretty wide range as far as carbohydrate sources in my diet. Most of them are probably bad carbs. However, sometimes I like to mix my carbs, for example, when I have oatmeal, I like to put fresh fruit and all of that good stuff in there, but I also like white and brown sugar as well.

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koverton September 12, 2016 at 2:38 pm

I’ve been trying to come up with new and healthy things to eat but for some reason I just can’t do oatmeal. I think it’s a texture thing.

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Natasha Toudouze March 5, 2014 at 8:39 pm

Its so hard to avoid the bad carbs because they are so good and love to eat them. I know its bad and I agree that we need to have a better diet.

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cosborne March 5, 2014 at 7:27 pm

I love carbs and i hear that when your a gym freak, carbs are good for you because they give you energy. Now i am glad i know the difference between good carbs and bad carbs.

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MCogburn3 March 9, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Lol, Gym Freak? XD I’ve always said ‘Fitness Buffs’ ♥♥♥ The video was really good at explaining the difference between carbs~!! 🙂

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dhouse2 October 18, 2016 at 1:01 am

they work out so much that they burn it all off so fast so they can handle a balanced split of the good and bad carbs.

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ethacker March 5, 2014 at 1:13 pm

This video helped me realize the difference between good and bad carbs. I need to eat more good carbs for the nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Bad carbs are my weakness, unfortunately! I had no idea white rice is a bad carb, great to know!

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K. McClenahan February 24, 2015 at 9:47 pm

This also helped me with the difference between good and bad carbs because I always get the two switched around.

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iramirez March 4, 2014 at 11:36 pm

I like how this video was short, sweet, and got its point across. I liked how she laid out the good and bad carbs and addressed them. I will say I was extremely shocked by what she said about white rice, it’s crazy how the body sees it like a ball of sugar. I immediately told my family about this and we have decided “No more white rice for us.”

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wbukowski March 4, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Both the videos were really informative and gave me a better understanding about good and bad carbs. I never realized that I eat A LOT more bad carbs than good carbs. Really helpful videos!

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devans January 31, 2015 at 1:14 pm

Me too. A LOT!

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chobbs March 4, 2014 at 2:11 pm

I realized that there were “good” and “bad” carbs, but I never knew that healthy foods, such as fruit and dairy, contained carbs. Also, I enjoy eating whole grain/wheat items such as pasta and bread rather than the not so good refined versions. However, in todays fast paced lifestyle, it is hard to stay away from all the “bad” carbs.

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cgreene March 3, 2014 at 7:44 pm

I liked the good carbs vs. bad carbs vid. It was sort of like a wrestling match and who’d be the better contender to bet on! I guess it’s like that though when it comes to our food… what’s the best one in the long run. It was interesting that they said that whites (bad carbs) spike blood sugar. I really didn’t know that much about that. I did, however, know about how to look for the fiber on the label; it should be the first item in the ingredients and shouldn’t say “enriched” at all. And, I love quinoa. I also love brown rice too!

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Katarina Lazic March 3, 2014 at 2:47 pm

I noticed bad carbs are so easy to eat and I tend to eat more of those. After watching this video, I really have thought about changing my diet and eating more ‘good’ carbs. They would give me more nutrients and I would probably feel more energy.

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jostie March 2, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Its so hard to stay away from all of the bad carbs, because they are my favorite. I need to make the switch to whole grain and whole wheat, and also brown rice. I had no idea white rice was nutrient stripped brown rice.

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MSmith March 1, 2014 at 6:49 pm

Working in food services, the company tries to serve all whole grain products. It has been proven that it is healthy for you. Taste is the thing that people are so against, because it does taste bland. But now knowing the difference between good and bad carbs, maybe I can make some suggestions to the company on things that we can serve that will make the food tastier

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wvandiver October 5, 2015 at 7:21 pm

This good carb-bad carb battle demands we put aside what we have been brought up on. I cannot imagine a sweet potato ever taking the place of a white potato. Not even marshmallows can make them taste better to me. They’re not too bad fried, but that kind of defeats the whole good carb theory.

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dhouse2 October 18, 2016 at 1:03 am

I’m with you on that one i dont care for sweet potatos

beasterling March 1, 2014 at 12:43 pm

This is very good information. If you are watching what you eat then carbs are extremely important. Our bodies react so extremely to carbs. It can cause you to lose weight simply by limiting bad carbs. It is so important to eat food as close to its “source” as you can, this makes it more work for the body to process. I love this video, it has been something that I live by for so long.

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Co94dy7 February 22, 2017 at 8:00 pm

I would really like to have a garden just because you eat the food right out of the ground and you know the pesticides put on the plant.

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ACOOPER March 1, 2014 at 10:32 am

I’m going to start eating WHOLE wheat, grain, and whatever else “whole” I can get my hands on. I love breads and pastas! The least I can do is substitute a whole grain and wheat for my white bread and pastas. It will probably make a huge difference!

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jostie March 2, 2014 at 6:23 pm

I agree I love Pastas and breads. I defiantly need to make the switch to whole grain and whole wheat.

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Katarina Lazic March 3, 2014 at 2:48 pm

I totally agree with you, I love pasta and breads. Whole wheat is okay, but just doesn’t taste as good! ^^

chobbs March 4, 2014 at 2:14 pm

It is a good idea to substitute a healthier option rather than cutting out your favorite foods entirely . I have attempted this many times and it often left me with unrelentless cravings.

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Averyel85 October 26, 2016 at 7:05 pm

I’m a definite pasta and bread girl! I am going try to incorporate more whole grain and whole wheat foods into my family meals. It will be healthier in the long run!

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aeasley February 26, 2014 at 3:14 pm

I know what the bad carbs are and I try my hardest to stay away from them. I can honestly say that I hate brown rice, certain kinds of wheat breads, and even whole wheat pastas. Every time I watch videos like these, I feel like it’s another reason not to eat anymore. I am a bread eater and I probably will be til the day I die, but I have started making my breads and cakes from scratch so I know exactly what is going into them and I can try to make substitutions when needed.

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beasterling March 1, 2014 at 12:44 pm

It is very hard to limit the bad carbs especially when you love them, as I do as well. However, it is very important as you stated to watch them. I also think you’re doing a good thing by making things from scratch. THis allows you to be completely aware of ingredients and swap out some better choices.

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JALSTON February 26, 2014 at 2:50 pm

I am the carb queen! This video was very informative and had a nice was of better explaining the difference in good and bad carbs, which for me is difficult. This video definitely hit home.

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Reginia Jennings February 25, 2014 at 7:09 pm

It seems that most of the carbs a person wants to eat are bad well in my case. As a parent of a child who is a type I diabetic i know the importance of eating “good carbs’ it’s amazing to see how fast a persons BS will spike after eating the wrong carbs and how long it takes to bring it back to a normal level.

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dhouse2 October 18, 2016 at 1:05 am

i really need to act on what i know and get my bs under control.

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bkulis February 25, 2014 at 4:19 pm

I did not realize that fiber was so important to the body. I need to be consuming more fiber!

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Aowens February 25, 2014 at 3:07 pm

I wish everybody would watch these videos. Lately I have been working out with friends and they think that the only way to lose weight is to cut out all carbs from your diet. However, our body needs carbs and by eating the right carbs you can accomplish still lose weight. Our body needs carbs just make sure you are eating the right ones. I can’t wait to show my friends the videos.

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pharrell7786 May 2, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Right on keep up the good work.

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Cstrickland5947 February 25, 2014 at 12:30 pm

These videos definitely had some good information. I recently moved from my mom’s house to my sister’s. my sister and her family eats tons of junk food and candy, but at mom’s we never ate this stuff, always low calories foods and whole grains. Now that that I eat so much junk food I’ve gained 20 pounds, feel bad all the time, and have no energy. I now know for sure it’s the foods I am eating.

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ckuhn February 20, 2014 at 10:46 pm

These videos really helped me understand which carbs are bad and which are good. I really need to start using more whole grain in everything i eat. I am a huge fan of bread especially at restaurants while waiting on my meal but i have recently cut a lot of that out.

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kbeard7948 February 18, 2014 at 4:51 pm

I definitely need to cut out the bad carbs. I am going to start eating better carbs so I am not storing as much excess fat anymore.

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Cstrickland5947 February 25, 2014 at 12:31 pm

I need to do this too. I think I would feel so much better through out the day.

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Allie_B October 28, 2015 at 9:28 pm

Start by changing one thing a week or something small, then you wll stick with it.

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Ldavis February 18, 2014 at 12:43 pm

I have always wondered why they say some carbs are good and some are bad. These videos are really helpful they help me understand it better. I have always had trouble with not eating late as night. It seems to be at night when I want to eat.

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wearnest February 17, 2014 at 11:39 am

Recently my family switched from white to whole grain with our breads, rice, and pasta and it has changed us all. I have been enjoying the health kick. Healthy food is not as bad as some say. It can change your life. I would not recommend doing a sudden change but ease into it and it will help alot. When I ate unhealthy I was tired all the time and now that I am eating more good carbs I feel more energized. These videos are very helpful. They give alot of good, necessary information.

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aeasley February 26, 2014 at 3:15 pm

I agree with you! Gradually changing the way you eat and what you’re eating is the best way to go.

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Lindsey Thompson September 30, 2015 at 6:21 pm

I totally agree that you should gradually make changes to the way you eat. I feel much more energized when I eat good carbs instead of junk food.

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Gina Jones July 6, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Hmm. More energy alone makes me want to make that change. I’m gonna go for it!

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mjoyner February 13, 2014 at 9:06 pm

I enjoyed this video it had a lot of good tips and a lot of good information lots of people think that all carbs are bad carbs.

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ccantrell1 February 13, 2014 at 10:37 am

Moderation is the key ingredient to having a healthier lifestyle. Good carbs have nutrients that we need for our health, bad carbs contain nothing but simple sugars etc.. I learned a bunch from this video and I am happy I can take this info with me next time my husband wants to do some snacking

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Jordan Lewis February 11, 2014 at 7:52 pm

I enjoyed this video. It puts the puzzle pieces together of why good carbs are good and bad carbs are bad. Moderation is key!

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kbeard7948 February 18, 2014 at 4:53 pm

I agree. I can’t cut out all of the bread and chips, but I guess I can eat a little more whole grain bread once in a while!

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aschaeffer February 10, 2014 at 2:21 pm

My family has changed to brown rice, whole grain foods, etc. over the last two years. To anyone that is just now trying it, I recommend trying different brands and sources if you are disappointed with the flavor and texture. In some foods, breads and pastas especially, you get what you pay for. I still prefer the texture in refined foods, but have found whole grain counterparts that are palatable.

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bpryor February 10, 2014 at 1:14 pm

I’ve always heard that whole wheat/grains were a better choice. Whole grains will be something new I might have to try. I love pasta but when I think of it being whole grain it doesn’t really sound to appetizing but I’m willing to try anything.

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preed February 10, 2014 at 12:46 pm

I am glad to finally hear someone tell me why the bad carbs are bad. I’ve always heard that I should stay away from simple sugars, which is a hard thing to do in itself, but I was always unclear as to why one carb was better than the other. Very informative videos.

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wbukowski March 4, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Same here! I never completely understood the difference between good and bad carbs either. But this video was really informative and now i have a better understanding about carbs.

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wwalker3804 February 5, 2014 at 11:39 am

I will definitely add whole grain bread and brown rice to substitute for white.
Finally something I like. Beans seem to be good for me. Also I believe that I will change to whole grain pastas and watch for whole grain cereals. I tend to add a lot of sugar to my oats and cereals, will work on reducing that.

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aschaeffer February 10, 2014 at 2:24 pm

The different types of whole grain bread differ a great deal in taste and texture, so try different ones to find the best. When it comes to my oats and cereals, I am able to get by with a very small amount of honey used as sweetener. I end up using less honey than the sugar I sweetened it with before. Better to go without altogether, but I needed something during the transition period.

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MSmith March 1, 2014 at 6:46 pm

I started eating brown rice several years ago and I can hardly tell the difference between white and brown now. I do not enjoy whole grain bread. I do good to eat wheat bread and oats are just out of the question.

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mhicks January 30, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Loved it! Each video gets better and better! I have been waiting to watch videos and get information like this! It makes me love my major more! I knew on the surface about the good and bad carbs but it makes more sense now after watching this. Cant wait to share what I know with my family!

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dbalding7689 February 4, 2014 at 4:56 pm

I agree! It makes much more sense now and it’s easier to put it into perspective now that we know why good carbs are good and why bad carbs are bad! Crazy to think that a lot of carbs are bad because of the way they are processed!

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MSmith March 1, 2014 at 6:44 pm

These videos are more enjoyable than sitting behind a table for hours and reading a book or looking at a slide show.

Natasha Toudouze March 5, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Yes I agree these videos are so much better than trying to read it or look the information up.

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Allie_B October 28, 2015 at 9:31 pm

I agree, I like the videos. They are full of info. And yes I share with my family also, everyone can use a little help when it come to what to eat and what not to eat especially me dad (:

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Stephanie Herndon January 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Bad carbs are hard to stay away from I think if you do them in moderation it’s fine and try to them early in the day like for lunch not in the evening for supper. They tend to not get burned off therefore go to weight gain.

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sladet February 5, 2014 at 9:32 pm

I agree our metabolism is burning more early in the day than at night.

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MSmith March 1, 2014 at 6:43 pm

I agree that we need to eat them during the day. Sad thing is french fries call my name around 830 pm and I will go to bed shortly after which is also very bad on you

pharrell7786 May 2, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Thats why they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Allie_B October 28, 2015 at 9:32 pm

That’s is why you don’t fill up on carbs before bed b/c it turns to fat.

preed February 10, 2014 at 12:48 pm

I agree that moderation is key in eating better but still enjoying the occasional treat. I think you are right about eating those treat foods earlier in the day as well, give yourself some time to work off those extra calories.

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Jordan Lewis February 11, 2014 at 7:50 pm

I agree the bad carbs are the ones most peope enjoy. Moderation is key!

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mjoyner February 13, 2014 at 9:10 pm

Bad carbs are so much more enjoyable and tasty lol

sladet January 28, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Its so hard to stay away from the bad carbs, there so good. Is there a way to slowly move away from them and eat both? would you still get some of the nutrients from the good carbs or just stop eating bad carbs and go straight to the good carbs.

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btubbs February 12, 2014 at 8:46 am

I am a complete IDIOT when it comes to french fries. I am like a bulldog I can eat them till im sick. I decided I was going to stop eating white potatoes and it took a while but I did it slowly. First i started leaving the skin on the fries, next i started baking them with olive oil, I finally graduated to just cooking the skins in the oven with olive oil for myself and letting eberyone else have the starchy potatoes. Now I try to eat sweet potatoes.

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Ldavis February 18, 2014 at 12:40 pm

French fries are good, and thats a good idea.. I will have to try that out.

JALSTON February 26, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Oh I’m right there with you on the French fries and fried potatoes. I blame it on my very southern upbringing. The sweet potato idea is brilliant and I will definitely be trying that.

pharrell7786 May 2, 2014 at 4:41 pm

I know they are good for you but i cant stand the taste of sweet potatoes.

sparks June 4, 2014 at 11:15 am

I agree, it is so hard to stay away from the bad carbs, because they really are so good.

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kpeters January 23, 2015 at 5:09 pm

I would just keep eating the bad carbs, but just lower the amount that I’m eating. Don’t eat as much as I use to! Since I haven’t been eating much carbs like French Fries I kind of feel a lot better!

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btubbs January 23, 2014 at 9:18 am

My ex-wife was actually diabetic. She was tiny, 5,2 100lbs, so she thought she needed a lot of carbs. we did the “healthy carbs,” and sadly it still caused her sugar to spike out. I will say that her platos were much more consistant though. I think a lot of our issues are the amount of carbs/food that we eat. I agree you must have carbs and that they are good for you. but as americans we use them to fill the remainder of our plates. One thing I cant stand is the atkins diet. I really think that dude should have his license revoked. That diet is more ridiculous than 6 minute abs, or the Hollywood diet. You will loose weight on it but you are going to get it back.

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hyoung1 January 24, 2014 at 2:51 am

I agree. The atkins and southbeach diet had so many bad things said about them because of the total exclusion of carbs. The problem with diabetics is that its super hard to control the sugars once you start getting older. Filling the remainder of our plates with carbs is so true though. Think about when we go out to restaurants, Mexican restaurants give us chips, steakhouses give us fancy bread, and Italian places offer breadsticks while we wait on our actual food to be brought to the table, when in reality, we’ve already consumed the same amount of calories in our food just from these carbs alone. I think that main issue is that since carbs are “easy” and cheap it is what the majority of the nation consumes to fill their bellies and satiate their palates. I am a total bread lover, wheat bread mainly. Oh man, I love to slather some real butter on it and enjoy but I know that my blood sugars will pay and in turn I will pay. Maybe if more nutrition, physical health, and physical education classes were taught in schools, our youth would have a better idea of how to eat right.

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Stephanie Herndon January 28, 2014 at 7:24 pm

I have tried many diets including the atkins and the southbeach diets and do not at all agree with them. I believe the ChooseMyPlate.gov is probably one of the better diets with all food groups in moderation and physical activity.

MSmith March 1, 2014 at 6:41 pm

I agree. The atkins diet is also awful on those who have gout, due to the amount of protein that is called for in the diet. People who are on these type of diets need to know about the good carbs.

CLovell March 2, 2014 at 10:04 pm

The 3 day diet worked for me, lost 8 pounds the first time

ppendergrass June 13, 2016 at 2:08 pm

My husband is diabetic, and we have learned he needs to eat both protein and carbs at the same time. It helps his sugars not spike, and helps more with weight-loss or weight-gain. If she eats carbs, she needs to eat protein and vise-verse.

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eramsey4317 March 2, 2017 at 10:28 pm

You will only gain it right back if you revert back to your old eating habits. When choosing low carb, it shouldn’t be just a temporary diet or fad diet. It is actually a lifestyle choice and a lot of people do not understand that. As I said before a million times to several people, Not that I follow Atkins, because I don’t. I’m on a different low carb way of eating. I still eat carbs. It’s just limited. I don’t over kill my protein because I’m aware of the risks of high protein.

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hyoung1 January 23, 2014 at 3:24 am

The best thing to add to a protein shake is lots of good fruit high in antioxidants and vitamins and Flax seed. Flax seed is great for you and it helps you stay fuller much longer. I’ve never really favored white bread from the grocer but if I go out, I pig out on restaurant breads which are usually almost always processed so that’s a vice I have. Whole wheat and whole grain breads are so much better for you and they do really keep you fuller longer. For my bedtime snack I usually have either peanut butter and applesauce on whole wheat or tuna fish on whole wheat. Eating “good” carbs and protein together keep your blood sugar stabilized at a steady rate and it keeps you full. One thing that I’ve noticed about foods sold in the store such as crackers and such claiming to be “whole wheat” or whole grain, the truth of the matter is that whole wheat isn’t the number one ingredient so that means there is something else that exceeds the amount of the wheat or grain. You always want to be cautious of that. Chances are that anything in a box, can, or bag has been processed and our bodies aren’t tailored to consume these “foods.” This is why so many people are overweight and the percentage of type 2 diabetes is at all time high now.

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Stephanie Herndon January 31, 2014 at 6:19 pm

That is so true about the ingredient listing if whole wheat is not first listed then it is not truly “whole wheat”. I also love tuna for not a bedtime snack but I love tuna. It is full of protein and many other good nutrients. I like the albacore tune it’s a little more expensive but is so goooood!

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KaycieBullion February 27, 2016 at 4:12 pm

I love whole wheat! I used to love tuna before I became a vegetarian. Whole wheat items are so hard to find- well the TRULY whole wheat ones.

mhicks February 8, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Agree 100%! It is kind of sad that you have to be so cautious in stores when shopping for groceries now. Our bodies are so valuable and people ruin them and don’t even know!

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pharrell7786 May 2, 2014 at 4:39 pm

That is so true and it just comes to people being ignorant of what they eat.

Fbeasley September 14, 2015 at 10:58 am

I love using flax seed in protein shakes and fruit smoothies. I used to drink one everyday before work and it would keep me satisfied and full until my lunch break.

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mboswell January 21, 2014 at 4:37 pm

‘by me having diabetes, I find it difficult to always stay with the good carbs. I love my sugars and breads. Since watching the video i see there are lots of good carbs i can choose.

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jemerson February 27, 2014 at 4:30 pm

that is what is so incredibly awesome about taking a nutrition class or reading so many of these blogs. We are always learning things that can help us be a better person both physically and mentally. They are both linked to one another.

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heidi g June 26, 2015 at 8:47 pm

this is good information to know !

MSmith March 1, 2014 at 6:38 pm

me too. I have always wondered what the difference was and now I know

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srussell August 22, 2016 at 3:22 pm

I am also a diabetic and these video’s helped me see that there are lots of good carbs out there and now I know the difference between the good and the bad.

kwomble January 31, 2017 at 12:12 pm

I agree, there are so many great alternatives to good carbs that will still be yummy!

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Patrick Harrell January 13, 2014 at 2:17 pm

If a person were to drink protein shakes (which is normally around 24 grams of protein per shake) how much of their diet would they need to change?

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btubbs January 23, 2014 at 9:47 am

Patrick, Im not knocking protein shakes at all man, Ive swallowed many of them. I have found that I can get higher quality protein from food than a shake. the problem with protein shakes is that most are full of sugar or artificial sweeteners. Aspartame in artificial sweeteners spikes blood sugar, increases apatite, causes fatigue, causes headaches, and a whole laundry list of things. I would encourage you to try this, eat a handful of almonds or walnuts or even peanuts 30 min. before you go to workout, for your post workout, eat half a sweet potato and a grilled chicken breast or pack of tuna. I feel that 10 grams of raw natural animal or plant protein is far superior to 30 grams of man made or extracted protein. Im just speaking from experience man. when I was in the Marine Corps. I would go through jug after jug of powder, and I hated the bloated feeling, and all the gas, plus the sluggish feeling from digesting it. I know there is convenience in the shakes, if that’s the case then buy the ensure high protein shakes. they have 24 grams in them and I have found them to be easier to digest. I think they are probably a higher quality product then the “GNC big boy stuff.” I hope this helps bud.

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pharrell7786 May 2, 2014 at 4:37 pm

I appreciate the tips ive stopped drinking them because of the horrible bowl movements i would get.

haley14 September 17, 2016 at 6:26 pm

i only use my protein shakes when i go to the gym mainly at night. and i feel an amazing boost of energy!!!

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