Are you eliminating carbs from your diet? How's that going?

I came across some stats recently that, frankly, don't surprise me. Nine out of 10 dietitians* believe that Canadians are confused about carbohydrates, and need to understand the role they play in a healthy diet. First it was Atkins, then The Zone, then the Dukan. I honestly can't tell you how many people in my life actually do not consume bread, let alone any grain products whatsoever. Do you?

Here are a few compelling reasons you should consider eating some good old-fashioned grains like oatmeal or toast:
  • Energy – For energy and optimal brain and organ function. And according to a clinical study by the Archives of Internal Medicine**, carb eaters feel happier, calmer and more focused.
  • Nutrients – Vitamins and minerals such as B-vitamins, iron magnesium, zinc, selenium and protein. Protein is essential for repairing and maintaining tissue and muscle. (Two slices of Dempster’s®WholeGrains™ 12 Grain contain 10 grams of protein. Bet you didn't know that!)
  • Disease Prevention – An important source of fibre, which may help maintain blood sugar and reduce cholesterol levels. People who eat more whole grains also tend to have a lower risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and digestive issues.
Almost every Canadian dietitian surveyed said that they eat and serve good carbohydrates to their families. This supports Canada’s Food Guide, which states that Canadians should eat 6 to 8 serving of grains, and at least half should come from whole grains such as bread, whole wheat pasta or brown rice – all good carb options.

“Recognized North American health authorities suggest that 45 to 65 per cent of daily calories should come from carbohydrates,” says RD Cara Rosenbloom, who has teamed up with Dempster's Canada to help Canadians incorporate the right carbs into their diets. “One of the most versatile, quick and tasty options is whole grain bread.”

Rosenbloom offers the following quick options for busy families:
  • Health Conscious: Whole grain toast topped with pressed cottage cheese, strawberries and a sprinkle of cinnamon
  • For the Kids: Vegetables such as carrots, cauliflower and sweet peppers with hummus dip
  • Before the Gym: Half of a nut butter and banana sandwich on whole grain bread
*Survey Methodology: The Research House interviewed 150 Canadian Registered Dietitians during the period of November 28 – December 8, 2011; the margin of error is +/-8.0% at 95%.

** Archives of Internal Medicine, Volume 169 (no. 20), November 9, 2009 


  1. Thanks for this Jess - I, too, was a bit confused about the role carbs played in the diet and exercise regime. This definitely helps clarify things for me anyway. Our kids love the veggies and hummus dip snacks so glad to see we are on the right path there. :) Andy

  2. I do not eat any carbs. I basically have a hierarchy - avoid sugar, then gluten, then carbs, then legumes and dairy. Most of the positives you've sited from carbs you can get from other foods. For example, you don't need the fibre carbs provide if you're eating enough vegetables. Most of my dieting is based on the Primal (a version of Paleo) diet.

  3. Thanks for the comments, Andy and Paul!

    Andy, I'm so pleased to hear that you're on the right track.

    Paul, I'm very interested in your hierarchy - legumes in particular. Understanding the complications with dairy in a lot of people's diets, I would think that would be higher up on the list of items to avoid.

    Thanks for reading!

  4. I just started my diet last week and I’m a bit confused too about carbohydrates. That’s why I read a lot of blogs regarding carbs from diet and seek the help of a long island dietician.