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Carbohydrates are an essential component of a healthy, balanced diet.

Pop culture has given carbohydrates a bad rap, but it is not deserved.

You need to eat carbohydrates every single day. They provide your body with the type of energy it is best suited to use, called glucose. Your brain can only function on energy from carbohydrates.

A simple way to achieve the right balance of carbohydrates is to follow the healthy plate model, where a quarter of your plate at every meal is flled with carbohydrate-rich foods.

What foods contain carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates are widespread throughout the food supply.

Healthier carbohydrates include wholegrains, fruit, dairy and legumes.

Less-healthy carbohydrates include refined grains, pastries, sweets and crisps.

carbo-rich foods

EAT LESS of These Carbohydrates

Low fibre/ high sugar cereals
Lollies/Chocolate
White Rice
Couscous
Soft drink
Pastries
Ice Cream
Cakes/ Biscuits
Rice crackers/ Water crackers
White Potato
Honey/Jam
Fruit Juice
Crisps
Pretzels
White Bread

EAT MORE of These Carbohydrates

Legumes
Wholegrain Cereal
Brown Basmati Rice
Quinoa
Wholegrain Crackers
Sweet potato
Yoghurt
Barley
Rolled Oats
Wholegrain Bread
Plain milk
Wholemeal pasta
Sweet corn
Fresh fruits