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Yes, you are correct, it is healthier to use unsifted, unrefined and/or high-fibre carbohydrates in your daily diet. These is little difference between brown and white sugar, so you could use either in moderation. Pasta, if made with Durum wheat, has a low GI, so it is regarded as a healthy carb. The reason why brown rice is preferred to Basmati rice is that the former has a low glycaemic index (GI), while Basmati rice has a moderate GI. You can certainly feed toddlers from the age of about 2 on unsifted, unprocessed carbs. Click on 'Diet' and 'Diet Basics' and read the articles on the Glycaemic Index). Foods with a low GI keep blood sugar levels constant for longer, which is a positive thing. Avoid foods with a high GI such as refined, white bread, white rice, potatoes, etc.
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