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What are Carbohydrates? What are Carbohydrates?

What are Carbohydrates?
Carbohydrates are obtained from staple diet and provide energy to body. Carbohydrates are the main source of calories in our meal.
Carbohydrates are divided in two categories: Simple and Complex.
Simple carbohydrates are sugar and starches. Complex carbohydrates are obtained from vegetables, whole grains and pulses.
Carbohydrates have been targeted by various diet communities as the culprit of obesity. Well, this may be true but “all carbs are not bad’. They have to be eaten wisely.
Firstly, differentiate between the simple and complex carbohydrates.
Simple carbohydrate energy is obtained from sugar. Other sources are:
  • Biscuits, cakes and pastries
  • Chocolate
  • Honey and jams
  • Jellies
  • Brown and white cane sugar
  • Pizzas
  • Prepared foods and sauces
  • Soft drinks
  • Sweets and snack bars.
Complex carbohydrates are found in:
  • Bananas
  • Barley
  • Beans
  • Brown rice
  • Chickpeas
  • Lentils
  • Nuts
  • Oats
  • Parsnips
  • Potatoes
  • Root vegetables
  • Sweet corn
  • Wholegrain cereals
  • Wholemeal breads
  • Wholemeal cereals
  • Wholemeal flourwholemeal pasta
  • Yams

How many calories does Carbohydrates provide?

Each gram of carbohydrate provides 4 Kcal.

How much carbohydrate does one need?
Depending on individual’s age, lifestyle and specific needs; the need of carbohydrate can range from 20% to 40% of total calorie intake per day. Your dietitian can help you calculate this.
DesiDieter’s Silver Plan Package helps to calculate your carbohydrate needs before generating a diet plan for you.
Do low carbohydrate diet help?
Nutritionists believe that carbohydrate should be met in requirement with your body requirements. The diet should be an appropriate balance of fiber rich, low fat, medium protein intake. A very low carbohydrate diet is not wise as the calories will be made up by fat and protein which does not help in weight loss.
Which carbohydrates should you skip?
It is best to avoid the easily digested refined carbohydrates obtained from refined grain flour (maida/suji): white bread, white rice, as well as pastries, sweetened beverages, highly processed foods. These contribute to weight gain, interfere with weight loss, and promote diabetes and heart disease.
Which carbohydrates should you eat?
Prefer to eat whole wheat flour, brown rice, whole  wheat pasta, dalia, poha, oats rather than above mentioned refined carbohydrates.
The fiber rich carbohydrate helps in weight loss and also prevents heart disease as well as diabetes.
Which diet is ideal for weight loss?
DesiDieter diet generators calculate your carbohydrate requirement and suggest plans accordingly. Choose from a range of Indian, Mediterranean, Ayurveda DesiDieter plans that can be taken up for losing 3-7 kgs in 2 months at own pace.
Does eating a low carbohydrate dinner aid in weightloss?
Yes, keeping carbohydrate count low in dinner helps to promote weight loss. Here are a few popular low carbohydrate recipes you may want to try for supper:
To learn more on carbohydrates leave acomment for our experts, they will certainly revert.
Tina Khanna
DD Expert



  • abramo
    appreciate you and hopping for some more informative posts.banana barzellette
    2017-12-12 05:34:17

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