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Cut these CARBS

Unhealthy carbohydrates are typically those that are highly processed, contain added sugars, lack fiber and nutrients, and contribute to rapid spikes in blood sugar levels.

Consuming these types of carbs in excess can lead to weight gain, metabolic issues, and increased risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Here's a list of unhealthy carbs to be mindful of:

Refined grains:

  • White bread

  • White rice

  • White pasta

  • Pastries

  • Cakes

  • Cookies

  • Muffins

  • Doughnuts

Sugary cereals:

  • Breakfast cereals with high sugar content

  • Flavored instant oatmeal packets

  • Granola with added sugars

Processed snacks and desserts:

  • Candy bars

  • Sugary snack cakes

  • Sweetened yogurt (especially those with added sugars)

  • Ice cream

  • Fruit-flavored snacks

  • Packaged cookies

  • Sweetened fruit juices and fruit drinks

Sugar-sweetened beverages:

  • Regular soda

  • Fruit punch

  • Sweetened iced tea

  • Energy drinks

  • Sports drinks

  • Sweetened coffee drinks (e.g., flavored lattes)

Highly processed foods:

  • Fast food items (burgers, fries, chicken nuggets)

  • Frozen meals with high carbohydrate content and added sugars

  • Packaged snacks like potato chips, pretzels, and crackers (often high in refined grains and added sugars)

Sweet spreads and toppings:

  • Jams and jellies with added sugars

  • Honey

  • Maple syrup

  • Chocolate spreads

Alcoholic beverages:

  • Beer (contains carbohydrates from malt)

  • Sweetened cocktails and mixed drinks

  • Sugary liqueurs

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