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The conflicting science about nutrition continues: Carbs might not be so bad, after all!

Fat is bad, carbs are good.

No wait, fat is good, carbs are bad.

No wait again, carbs might be OK?

It’s hard to know what to believe when it comes to what you should use as fuel in your body, though recent trends have leaned toward the idea that fat doesn’t make you fat, and that carbs should be avoided.

A recent highly controlled study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, though, says carbs are good, or at least WHOLE GRAINS are good (especially when compared to refined grains). If you have eliminated all grains from your diet, you might want to check this one out.

In short, the study found those who ate whole grains burned calories better than those who ate refined grains, and their glucose tolerance was better, too.

In a story published in the Toronto Sun, professor of nutrition at the USDA Nutrition Center at Tufts University Susan B. Roberts said this: “I think the anti-carb hype has gone too far for a healthy society…We should remember that whole grains in the diet are associated with lower cancer rates, so they’re good for long-term health.”

Registered Dietician Jennifier Broxterman, owner of Nutrition RX agrees. In fact, she says for those who workout a lot, whole grains have a ton of benefits. These benefits include an increase in the antioxidant level of a diet, which is important for health.

She considers whole grains as “premium carbs” and should be included in the diet, along with things like oats, quinoa, brown rice, sweet potatoes, lentils, bulgar and barley.

“Don’t eat like the overweight person at your gym trying to lose weight. Don’t be afraid to eat good carbs, like whole grains,” she said.