Carbohydrates often get a bad rap, but they’re not always unhealthy. In fact, whole grains and ancient grains have a variety of health benefits, including potentially lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Along with distinguishing high quality and low quality carbs, Weiss says it’s important to eat them in their natural state. For example, the carbohydrates in broccoli, which come from fiber, is neutral, if not good for you, he says. “Don’t even think about how much you eat of that non-starchy, fibrous vegetables,” Weiss adds.
It’s important to remember, all three food principles are about limiting—not completely eliminating—these food groups.