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4 Carbs to Eat Before 10 AM For a Flat Stomach

Carbs have long been assailed as fat-fueling foods. But turns out, they are an essential part of any diet. The key to reaping their health benefits is to choose the right ones and eat them in moderation. Here, we uncover the carbs doctors say will help you stay slim.

  1. Sweet Potatoes Although quite starchy, sweet potatoes are loaded with fiber and nutrients that can help you burn fat. Their key ingredient is carotenoids, antioxidants that stabilize blood-sugar levels and lower insulin resistance to prevent calories from being converted into fat. Plus, they contain a multitude of vitamins – including A, C, and B6 – for prolonged energy throughout the day.
  2. Blueberries While a cup of blueberries contains 21 grams of carbs, they’re actually quite good for you. They contain chemical compounds called polyphenols that prevent fat from forming – and they also help burn unwanted rolls, too! According to a study from Tufts University, people who regularly consumed catechins (which are found in blueberries) increased their belly-fat loss by 77%. Go figure!
  3. Beans Beans, beans, the magical fruit — the more you eat the more you… burn fat! Classified as resistant starches, beans stick around in the digestive tract to help you stay fuller for longer. In addition to being high in fiber and low in fat, they also contain powerful fat-burning fuels. And as a bonus, research has shown that people who eat beans daily have a 20% lower risk of colon cancer.
  4. Oats If you love to eat oatmeal for breakfast, you’re on the right track. Oats contain butyrate, a fatty acid that reduces inflammation throughout the body. They’re not only proven to better satiate you than ready-made cereals, but they’ve also been proven to reduce your hunger hormone. Plus, they’re super easy to whip up as a meal when you’re pressed for time in the morning.

This story was originally published on SheFinds.