Carbohydrates are

Essential

Fad diets that restrict carbohydrates come and go. An abundance of scientific evidence actually supports eating nutrient-rich sources of carbohydrate as an important part of good health. Whole grains, in particular, supply carbohydrates and other nutrients including dietary fiber, iron, zinc, manganese, folate, magnesium, copper, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, phosphorus, selenium, riboflavin and Vitamin A.

What Are Carbohydrates?

There are three different kinds of carbohydrates – starch, sugar and fiber found in fruits, grains and vegetables. During digestion, the body breaks down starch into smaller units of sugar. The liver converts these sugars into glucose, which is carried into the bloodstream – accompanied by insulin – and converted into energy. Breads are rich in complex carbohydrates, which is absorbed more slowly, providing an excellent source of sustained energy.

The food and nutrition information found in our Nutrition Center is not intended to be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or substitute for consulting a licensed professional.