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Carbohydrate

Health benefits of Carbohydrate:
Carbohydrates provide a vital source of energy for your brain, nervous system and muscles

Description

See the bottom of this page for the ingredients highest in carbohydrate

What are carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates are a large group of compounds that includes sugars, starch and fibre.

Carbohydrate is largely made up of complex sugars which are broken down by our digestive system into simple sugars for energy.

Why does it matter to me?

  • Carbohydrates are usually the main energy source for the body
  • Carbohydrate provides energy for working muscles and the central nervous system
  • Carbohydrates provide a vital source of energy for our brain 

Eating carbohydrate saves protein (which is needed as the building blocks of tissues, cells and organs) from being broken down to make glucose for energy.

Are processed carbohydrates bad?


Many say that processed (simple) carbohydrates such as white flour and sugar lead to more weight gain than the natural carbohydrates found in whole grains, fruit and vegetables and there is evidence for this - see link below.

Too many carbohydrates lead to fat!


When there is a large excess of carbohydrates in our systems this is then converted to fat. 

How much do I need? 

The RDA for carbohydrate is set by the National Academy of Sciences at 130g per day for an average body weight for men of 70kg and women of 57.5 kg.

Some experts now say that a carbohydrate intake at over 50% of overall calorie intake is harmful (there are 4 calories per gram in carbohydrate).

As a checkyourfood.com member you can set your own personal carbohydrate RDA in My Area - Account - Settings to reflect your own weight and dietary goals


Are you getting enough or too much?


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Review date: 8/1/2018
Next review date: 2/1/2019
Carbohydrate

Top 6 ingredients for Carbohydrate taking into account portion size and cooking retention factors

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Pizza base - retail

Pizza base - retail

150g
86.25g = 66% of your RDA/RI
66%
Gluten free pasta

Gluten free pasta

90g
78.3g = 60% of your RDA/RI
60%
Rice white - long grain

Rice white - long grain

85g
72.25g = 56% of your RDA/RI
56%
Rice white - easycook

Rice white - easycook

90g
72g = 55% of your RDA/RI
55%
Rice basmati white

Rice basmati white

85g
71.15g = 55% of your RDA/RI
55%
Gluten free brown rice pasta

Gluten free brown rice pasta

90g
69.3g = 53% of your RDA/RI
53%