Why eat carbohydrates?

Simply put, your body needs carbohydrates to make glucose which is the fuel that gives the body energy to function properly. Your body can use glucose immediately or store it for use later.

There is a common misconception that carbs = bad. In fact, carbohydrates should form a foundation for any diet, even a weight loss regime. However, there are certain types of carbohydrates that should be avoided, this includes refined sugars such as cakes, sweets and are prominent in processed foods.

Best sources?

Whole grains, high fibre foods and grains are the best sources of carbohydrates as they release their energy into the body slowly and do not give a sudden sugar spike followed by a crash. The best sources are:

The best sources are:

  • Oatmeal
  • Oat bran
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Most fruits (e.g., strawberries, blueberries, pears, and apples)
  • Dry beans and peas
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Barley
  • Brown rice
  • Couscous
  • Bulgur or whole grain cereals
  • Wheat bran
  • Seeds
  • Most vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Brown rice
  • Buckwheat
  • Bulgur (cracked wheat)
  • Millet
  • Wild rice
  • Popcorn
  • Quinoa
  • Triticale
  • Whole-grain barley
  • Whole-grain corn
  • Whole oats/oatmeal
  • Whole rye
  • Whole wheat

How much should you eat?

There are 4 calories in 1 gram of carbohydrate so with an average calories intake of 2000 per day, carbohydrates will make up roughly 1000 calories of this (based on 50% of your diet.) Therefore about 250 grams of carbohydrate per day should be sufficient for a balanced diet.

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