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Health-friendly carbo

NOT all carbo may ruin your health or figure.

A recent study showed that some carbohydrates are friendly and are considered age-defying too. Scientists believe that eating more whole grains might help you to live longer. They suspect that the fiber in grains reduces your risk of dying from cardiovascular, respiratory and infectious diseases.

What are these heart-friendly carbos?

* Oatmeal. Eat oatmeal for breakfast. The fiber in oats is the soluble kind that is associated with heart health and it will help you feel fuller for longer.

* Whole-grain pasta. Have whole-grain pasta dishes for dinner. For more staying power, supplement it with veggies, beans and sometimes a lean source of protein, like chicken.

* Popcorn. This is not only good while watching movies, Three cups of popped popcorn equal  one of your three recommended daily servings of whole grains and contain  three grams of fiber. Gram for gram, according to the recent research at the University of Scranton, popcorn boasts three times more polyphenols, an antioxidant  linked to improving heart health and also to reducing cancer risk than kidney beans and four times more than cranberries.