Myth – Potatoes, bread, pasta and rice are fattening
Not really, its a myth
“Foods high in carbohydrates have had a rough time in the past few years thanks to the success of low-carb diets such as the Atkins diet. But there’s actually no proof that healthy carb-rich foods are more likely to make us gain weight than any other food”, says Lavleen, an expert nutritionist in Chandigarh.
Ultimately, it’s an excess of calories that makes us pile on the kilos – and it really doesn’t matter where those extra calories come from.
In fact, more often than not, it’s the fat we add to carbs that boosts the calorie content, such as butter on toast, creamy sauces with pasta and frying potatoes to make chips.
Go for high-fiber carbs such as brown rice, wholemeal bread, jacket potatoes (non-peeled baked potato) and wholewheat pasta. They contain more fiber than the ‘white’ varieties and so will help to fill you up. Don’t add too much extra fat to them though, for example, serve pasta with a tomato-based sauce and top jacket spuds with cottage cheese.