Understanding the effect of carbohydrates on weight.


Did you know carbohydrates aren’t just found in breads, pastas or rice?

The main source of energy or fuel for our body comes from carbohydrates. When we eat carbohydrates they go into our stomach and breakdown into glucose/sugar, which then enters our bloodstream. 

High quality carbohydrates are also found in different grains and cereals, legumes, starchy vegetables (potatoes, sweet potatoes and corn) and wholegrain crackers. Fruit and dairy products also contain carbohydrates and are broken down into fructose and dairy respectively. These foods not only provide energy, keep you feeling fuller for longer, but are high in dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals. These are not directly impacting our weight.

Poor quality, refined carbohydrate foods, such as cakes, pastry, lollies, chips, biscuits, chocolate, contain minimal nutrition, are highly processed and high in fat and sugar. These foods are directly linked with weight gain. 

Overall, all foods can still be consumed in a healthy and well balanced diet. Not all carbohydrate foods are considered equal, therefore, the amount and quality of the carbohydrates needs to be taken into consideration.