Chris Freytag teaches you about different types of carbohydrates
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Choose smart carbs not flabby carbs. Not all carbohydrates are the villains that low carb diets have made them out to be. In fact, the right carbs can help you slim down, control your blood sugar and reduce your risks for diabetes, heart disease, cancer and even memory loss. To find these healthy carbs you need to use the Glycemic Index or GI which ranks foods based on how swiftly and how much they raise your blood sugar. Low GI carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains keep blood sugar levels low. Refined or high GI carbs such as doughnuts, cookies, white bread, pasta and rice cause blood sugar to spike and then plummet. When this happened you quickly become hungry again and your body goes into fat storage mode making weight lost more difficult. To keep your blood sugar steady, swap common, high glycemic foods for this low glycemic alternatives. Instead of French bread use 100% stoneground whole wheat bread. Satisfy your sweet tooth with dried apricot instead of jelly beans. Instead of mashed or baked potatoes, eat roasted sweet potatoes. Swap your pretzels for pop corn. Try a side of canned bake beans instead of a side of stuffing. Trade vanilla wafers for oatmeal cookies. For more information on low glycemic foods, go to SugarSolutionOnline.com.