Back to Healthy weight. The idea that “carbs are bad” has left many people confused about carbohydrates and their importance for our health, including maintaining a healthy weight. Carbohydrates a broad category and not all carbs are the same. It’s the type, quality and quantity of carbohydrate in our diet that’s important. There is strong evidence that fibre, found in wholegrain versions of starchy carbs, for example, is good for our health. Carbohydrates are 1 of 3 macronutrients nutrients that form a large part of our diet found in food. The others are fat and protein. Hardly any foods contain only 1 nutrient, and most are a combination of carbohydrates, fats and proteins in varying amounts. The type of sugars that most adults and children in the UK eat too much of are called free sugars. These are sugars that are added to food or drinks, such as biscuits, chocolate, flavoured yoghurts, breakfast cereals and fizzy drinks.
There are almost as many carbs in a single chocolate chip cookie as there are in a bowl of oatmeal. J Exerc Nutrition Biochem.
Wholegrain varieties of starchy foods are good sources of fibre. JCI Insight. Getty Images. Go for higher fibre varieties of starchy foods and eat potatoes with the skin on. Muscles have limited carbohydrate stores glycogen and need to be topped up regularly. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy. These are sugars that are added to food or drinks, such as biscuits, chocolate, flavoured yoghurts, breakfast cereals and fizzy drinks. Page last reviewed: 9 January Next review due: 9 January
Visit now. What carbohydrates should I be eating? Explore now. What are carbs? Check the box if you do not wish to receive promotional offers via email from TIME. As LeVeque explains, most high-net carb foods will end up as sugar in your body. Go for higher fibre varieties of starchy foods and eat potatoes with the skin on.