What is the Truth About White Foods?
Should you give up white foods because they are high in calories? Many white foods are, essentially, carbohydrates. These white carbohydrates are white in color and that have been processed and refined, but some such as potatoes are naturally white in color. By nature, they have limited nutritional value. These include flour, rice, pasta, bread, crackers, cereal, and simple sugars like table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup.
Unprocessed white foods, such as onions, cauliflower, turnips, and white beans are also naturally white, but I would not include them in the “white” grouping. I would avoid these foods if you have to dip them in cheese or butter to eat them but that defeats the purpose of eating more vegetables.
The bottom line: White carbs are not evil, but they should be limited. Carbohydrates are essential for your body to function efficiently. Be smart and get your supply of carbohydrates from fruits, legumes, low-fat dairy, vegetables, and whole grains. Moderation is key to a healthy diet.