Should Women Shun Carbohydrates?

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_ceb2988931.jpgal62/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- A British researcher says women should not feel guilty about enjoying foods with carbohydrates, even though many apparently do. In her survey of 3,000 women, Jane Ogden, professor in health psychology at the University of Surrey, says that close to 50 percent of respondents don't feel right about eating carbohydrates and would like to eliminate them from their diets to lose weight.

However, Ogden contends carbohydrates are essential, "not only for energy but also for building long-term sustainable healthy habits." What women, and men for that matter, should avoid are sugary "bad carbs," according to Ogden. By eliminating carbohydrates altogether, Ogden says people compound the problem by snacking on fatty foods that also contain sugars.

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