Cutting Carbs? Try These Veggie Swaps to Fill Your Plate

Fad diets and health trends seem to switch up from day to day. Remember the South Beach Diet, the Mediterranean Diet, and Atkins? All have their own takes on what you need to cut out or eat more of to slim down.

Even though the fad diets come and go, one piece of advice that has remained constant in the weight loss industry is that keeping your carb intake low is key to losing and keeping the weight off.

Outside of weight loss, cutting back on the “bad” carbs can also help prevent or control diabetes, keep your body from storing unwanted fat.

But before your cut carbs out of your diet, it’s important to know that no two carbs are the same. Carbs, or carbohydrates actually come in three main types, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

First, there’s sugar, which includes sugars from fruit (fructose), milk sugar (lactose) and white and brown sugar. Corn syrup is another type of sugar carb. Sugar is one type of carb that should be avoided or limited as much as possible.

The second type of carbs are starches, which include starchy vegetables, like potatoes, beans, and grains. These are not necessarily bad for you, but when you choose vegetables to fill your plate, you don’t want to overdo it as the starches can be high in calories. Look for the