Carbohydrates – quality is key
A varied diet includes carbohydrates, or carbs. 'Good' carbohydrates, are the healthiest. By 'good' carbs, we mean carbohydrates that are rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals, such as wholegrains, vegetables, berries and fruits.
We obtain most of our carbohydrates from grain products, fruit and berries, and dairy products.
Carbohydrates can be divided into good and bad sources of carbohydrates according to the type of product they are in. Products that contain a lot of sugar or starch, but not a lot of protective nutrients, are 'bad' sources of carbohydrates and should be consumed with discretion. They can act as fast sources of energy and rapidly raise blood sugar levels. Fibres is also a form of carbohydrate, although they do not absorb. Fibres have many beneficial effects on our health.
The best sources of carbohydrates for our health are products which contain a lot of fibre and other "good" carbohydrates, such as berries, fruit and full-grain products which also otherwise have good nutritional value: they not only provide fibre, but also vitamins, minerals and other useful nutritive substances.
Carbohydrates are the body's fuel, which is why a good intake is recommended. About half of our energy should come from carbohydrates. The body only stores a small quantity of carbohydrate, so you should eat carb-rich foods regularly to maintain reserves.