According to Trista Best, MPH, RD, LD, a registered dietitian at Balance One Supplements, there's one clear standout when it comes to the best carb for your health: oatmeal.
"Oatmeal is a whole grain carbohydrate full of fiber, B vitamins, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc. It also provides the consumer with a moderate amount of protein while being low in fat.
These nutrient qualities make oatmeal a carbohydrate that is actually beneficial for health," says Best."The vitamins and minerals boost the nutrient density of this carb versus others,
and it's a great way to get in minerals that are commonly lacking in processed foods," Best adds.
If you want to boost your whole-body wellness, oatmeal is a great choice, improving everything from your gut health to your cardiovascular wellness.
"The fiber helps to reduce cholesterol and keep the good gut bacteria fed and in balance," explains Best.Additionally, Best notes that oatmeal can improve heart health. In fact,a 2012 study published
found that, among a group of adults with high cholesterol, oat consumption for six weeks reduced LDL or "bad" cholesterol, improved waist-to-hip ratio, and did not significantly affect HDL,
or "good" cholesterol, which decreased among members of a control group."Instant oatmeal consumed daily for 6 weeks significantly increased fiber intake and decreased major risk factors for
[cardiovascular disease]," the study's authors explained.