How much Carbohydrates is Best for Good Health?

Contributor: Nutrition Counselor Ling Ai

Carbohydrates are one of three macronutrients, along with proteins and fats that your body requires daily.  There are many benefits of carbohydrates such as it helps to fuel your brain, kidneys, heart muscles and central nervous system, etc.  However, you need to make sure you are eating them in moderation.  A carbohydrate-intensive diet can cause high blood sugar and unwanted weight gain.  

A new study by The Lancet UK has found that diets both low and high in carbohydrates were linked with an increase in mortality, while moderate consumers of carbohydrates had the lowest risk of mortality.  For a balanced and healthy diet, we need both Simple & Complex carbohydrates.  However, it is advisable to avoid the refined simple carbohydrates such biscuits, cakes & sweet bread, etc as much as possible.  

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