The real truth about carbs

Are carbs fattening?

Many people fear that eating carb-rich foods will make them gain weight, however, 1-gram of carbs provides 4 Kcals compared to 1-gram fat which provides 9kcals. Any food can cause weight gain if you eat too much of it. The important thing to remember is not all carbohydrates are equal. The best choice is whole grain carbohydrate foods, like bread, cereals, pasta, rice, oats, and quinoa. These are high in fibre, and have a low GI so will keep you feeling fuller for longer. Choosing these over refined carbohydrate-rich foods like cakes, biscuits, sweets, sugary drinks is a smarter way to control your weight.

What are carbohydrates?

There are 3 most common kinds of carbohydrate

  1. Sugars
  2. Starches
  3. Dietary fibre

Are Carbs good for you?

Foods rich in carbohydrate are the main source of energy in our diet and provide a vital fuel for our brain. Carbs are also important for maintaining a healthy digestion and good blood glucose control.

Low carb diets

The carb content of low carb diets is usually 40% of the total energy intake. Weight loss may be fast initially because of using up your glycogen stores and fluid loss. However, weight is often gained quickly when you start eating carbs again.

There is no scientific evidence that supports cutting out all carbohydrates from your diet. It’s all about choosing good quality carbohydrate food choices and knowing how much to eat or serve.

 

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