What Are Carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates play an important role in keeping your engine running. Registered Dietitian, Susan Bowerman tells you more about the sources of good and bad carbs and how to add the right amounts to your diet.

Good Carbohydrates – fruits, vegetables, brown rice, dairy products and beans.

Bad Carbohydrates – sugar, cereals, soda, pastries, white flour breads and crackers.

How many carbohydrates do you need every day?

If expect half of your calories to come from carbs, then take your total number of calories, say 1600. Then divide by two = 800 calories. Then as every gram of carboydrate has 4 calories = 200 grams of carbs.

Use this calculator to work our your resting and active metabolic rates, that is how many calories you burn every day.

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