Carbohydrates are an important nutrient you get from food. It's a great source of energy for your body and helps your brain and nervous system work properly.
After you eat food with carbs in it, your body digests the carbohydrates and turns them into a kind of sugar that goes into your blood. The blood carries this sugar to the cells in your body. The cells use the sugar to give you energy. Extra sugar is stored in the cells for later use. If it isn't used, it turns into fat.
The healthiest carbohydrate choices are breads, cereals, and pastas made with whole grains; brown rice; low-fat dairy products; vegetables; legumes such as peas, lentils, and beans; and fruits.
Foods made from refined flour, including bread, pasta, doughnuts, cookies, and desserts, also contain carbohydrates. So do sweets such as candy and soda.
Eating too much of anything can lead to weight gain. And that can lead to other health problems.
Go to Canada's Food Guide at www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/food-guide-aliment/basics-base/quantit-eng.php to learn how many food guide servings you should aim for each day. Here are some tips to help you eat the right amount of the right kind of carbs so you have the nutrition and the energy you need:
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine & A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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