Most of us consume carbohydrate sources which are highly processed like yellow noodle, white bread, deep-fried frozen french fries, pizza dough etc. The raw ingredient that was derived have already lost most of the nutrition through the processing, packaging and storage. Thus, we can only derive carbohydrate as energy source from these food. These are common forms of unhealthy, refined carbohydrate sources – sugars and starches.
Advice from Harvard’s School of Public Health :
What’s most important is the type of carbohydrate you choose to eat because some sources are healthier than others. The amount of carbohydrate in the diet – high or low – is less important than the type of carbohydrate in the diet.
What are some of the healthy whole-grain options?
Whole-grain such as barley, quinoa and millet are good alternatives. They can be used in replacement of white rice or plain white bread in a meal. Quinoa is a good carbohydrate that is high in protein and fibre yet low in sugar, making it an excellent rice replacement for sustainable weight loss and diabetic friendly diet. Superlife Co. is a homegrown brand that specialises in quinoa. Superlife Co’s Quinoa are natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free, free from preservatives, chemicals, additives and saponin.
Quinoa is easy to cook, fluffs when cook on stove. The convenient part is that it cooks in 20 minutes and doesn’t need to be soaked. It can be used as salad base, in replacement of rice with dishes, or as a side dish in a Western meal.
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Oat for Breakfast
Rolled oats can be obtained easily at most NTUC fairprice or Cold Storage. It’s not pricey as 1kg bag can cost as cheap as $4 during promotion. However, to eat roll oats, you will have to soak overnight or cook them. For a more convenient option, you can opt for the instant oat.
An easy and convenient, yet delicious way to consume oat is to soak them overnight with milk. If you have dairy intolerance, you can soak the bowl of plain oat with soya, rice or almond milk.
Natural whole root vegetable.
Most root vegetables are starchy and contains abundant of nutrients if cooked correctly. Sweet potato is a very good carbohydrate, and it is good for skin health because it is not an allergenic food. It is also rich in beta-carotene & anthocyanin anti-oxidant which is good for our immune health.