15 High Carb Foods That Are Healthy

1. Lentils


Lentils are a high protein legume, that are also rich in healthy, slow release carbohydrates. There are a few different types of lentils, including orange, green and puy lentils. Since they’re plant-based, they’re a popular source of protein for vegetarians and vegans and make a great alternative to meat in bolognaise, chilli and curries.

Relatively cheap, low in calories but nutrient dense, lentils provide fibre and essential vitamins and minerals as well as carbs and protein.

Studies have found that eating lentils as a regular part of the diet can help to protect against heart disease by helping to lower the risk of someone developing risk factors for heart disease such as obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.


One cup of cooked lentils contains almost 40g of carbohydrate, and these small but mighty legumes can help to protect against common chronic lifestyle diseases.


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