Originally Posted by AndChiefs
Why are white carbs so bad?
I think the problem with "white carbs" is how they are usually served. Potatoes are primarily sold as chips and fries (highly palatable calorie bombs) or baked and loaded with butter and sour cream. Wheat is made into donuts, pizza crust, muffins, etc. Sugar is added to just about everything to make it more palatable.
In the context of a whole food diet, I don't think there is anything wrong with rice or potatoes. Some people can also get away with whole wheat (I can't).
Personally, I'm trying to get away from thinking of food as carb, protein or fat. For example, potatoes are primary carb but are also 10% (complete) protein and about 7% fat. Oatmeal also has a good protein profile and is about 16% fat. There aren't many whole foods that are 100% carb, protein or fat so I am trying to think of food as healthful or unhealthful while also looking at the calorie density. It's working pretty well, at least when I don't get sidetracked by graduation parties.