Carbohydrates are our main energy source. These foods contain 4 calories per gram and are classified as complex or simple. These foods include whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and refined foods, for example, snack foods and sweets. Recently, carbohydrates have been given a bad rap, and have even been banned from our diets. This isn’t necessary and it’s certainly not healthy. These foods include many vitamins, minerals, and fiber required daily. It’s currently recommended to receive 45-65% of your caloric intake from carbohydrates.
Whole grain breads
Whole grain cereals
Complex carbohydrates should be our main source of energy. These foods are high in fiber and nutrients, while simple carbohydrates provide limited nutritional value. Because of their high fiber content, complex carbohydrates help fill you up with fewer calories and aid in digestion. Did you know that by consuming the recommended daily dose of fiber, you automatically negate 90-130 calories per day?! Recommendations for women are 24 grams, men 32 grams per day.