You know that scene in The Exorcist, where the priest quotes the Bible and the possessed girl’s head turns a full 360 degrees? That’s sort of what happens whenever I mention the word “carbs” to friends who are watching their weight. They practically start to shake, panic and writhe when I recommend they might want to add some starch to their diet, or double down on some sugar-rich fruit. For too long, we’ve been obsessed with cutting carbs and doubling down on protein. And yes, I’ve been touting the metabolism-boosting power of protein for years.
But in reality, most of the vitamins and other micronutrients we need to shut down our fat genes—not to mention the fiber necessary to keep our bellies healthy and full—are found in carbs. You just have to be judicious. If you hear the word “carbs” and think Cheetos, cane sugar and white bread, you’re not thinking about the right things. Here are some carbohydrate-rich foods you should be investing in.