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What are refined carbohydrates?

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Updated May 31, 2014

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Definition: Foods which have been processed by machinery that strips the bran and germ from the whole grain. The process gives foods a finer texture and prolongs shelf life, but it also removes important nutrients, such as B vitamins, fiber, and iron.

Also Known As: refined carbs, refined sugars

Examples: White rice and pasta made with white flour are examples of refined carbohydrates.

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