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Diet fads and food trends come and go. One decade’s nutritional zeitgeist might be about avoiding fat, the next about avoiding carbs. The Atkins diet, the paleo diet, the gluten-free lifestyle, there’s a lot to consider.

But how about carbs? Do they make you fat? Well, first off, there are two kinds of carbohydrates that our body processes differently.

Dr. Jana Klauer, nutritionist, discusses the matter: “Simple carbohydrates are rapidly digested -- things like white bread, cookies and cakes. ... But the complex carbohydrates are things like fruit, vegetables and whole grains.”

Complex carbohydrates can be a healthier choice, but regardless of the type, it’s not just carbs that will pack on the pounds.

Essentially, it’s the amount of calories you are taking in from any source. Whether it’s carbohydrates, proteins or fat, if you’re ingesting too many calories, you can gain weight.

Says Klauer, “It’s not carbohydrates that will make you fat, it’s eating too much.”

And that’s some weighty advice.

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