There has always been a public misconception that carbohydrates make you fat. Luckily, that is not all true. Yes, if you eat large amounts of carbs they can raise your chances of weight gain, but, then again too much of any type of food can contribute to extra pounds. Carbohydrates should be a healthy addition to your diet. Here are 3 reasons why you should keep carbs in your diet.

Reason 1: Carbs can help prevent weight gain and promote weight loss.

Researchers from across the country followed the eating habits of middle-aged women for nearly two years and found that those who increased their fiber intake mostly lost weight. Women who decreased the fiber in their diets gained weight. One fun fact is that many carbohydrates contain dietary fiber.

Reason 2: Carbs can help boost your mood.

Carbs stimulate the production of serotonin which is a feel-good brain chemical. Individuals who have allowed a very low carbohydrate diet for a year, between 20 to 40 grams of carbs daily, experienced more anxiety and depression. While individuals who were on a low-fat, high-carb diet that focused on low-fat dairy, whole grains, fruit and beans experienced a happier, more enjoyable lifestyle.

Reason 3: Carbs will help you trim your waistline.

Swapping refined grains for whole grains can also help to reduce total body fat and belly fat, according to research in the Journal of Nutrition. When adults eat about 3 servings of whole grains a day, there is commonly a reduction in belly and abdominal fat.

Below are some example of good carbs to add to your daily nutrition:

* Whole-Grain Products: brown rice, whole-grain pasta, beans, whole wheat bread, whole oats, buckwheat, millet, whole rye, whole-grain barley and whole-grain corn.
* Fruits, Vegetables and Legumes
* Refined Grains, Sweets and Biscuits