Calories in Carbohydrates
- There are 4 calories in each gram of
- Carbohydrates contain the same number
of calories as protein.
- There are two basic types of carbohydrates
(both contain 4 calories per gram): Simple, and Complex. Simple carbohydrates
are high in refined sugar. Sugar contains 'empty' calories - i.e. non-nutritious.
Too much refined sugar tends to disrupt our appetite mechanism and can
cause food cravings.
- Complex carbohydrates are no lower in
calories but take longer to digest. Thus they keep us full for longer
and help keep blood sugar-levels (and appetite) stable.
- The best way to obtain the right amount
of carbohydrates (and calories) is to follow a balanced diet, as outlined
in the Food Pyramid Guidelines.
- If you are trying to lose weight, it
is best to follow a diet plan which is low in fat, high in healthy carbohydrates
and 1200 + calories.
- Low calorie, low carbohydrate diets
are not recommended.
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