Carbohydrates are the primary source of energy for your body.
Our body needs carbohydrate for brain function, red blood cell health and to burn fat! Carbohydrates are found in breads & cereals, rice, pasta, starchy veggies such as potato, fruit & dairy foods.
When choosing foods that contain carbohydrates consider the ingredients. For example, if a breakfast cereal contains dried fruit, it should have a slightly higher sugar level that one that does not. Choose grainy breads- the more grains you can see the better and look for Low GI (Glycemic Index) foods as these will provide you longer lasting energy and will help keep you feeling fuller for longer. Note not all foods have been tested nor display their Glycemic Index.
A high carb meal contains at least 70g carbs per serve and a high carb snack, 20g or more. For those looking for a low carb option, a low carb meal contains 40g or less carbs per serve and a snack contains 15g or less carbs per serve.