Carbohydrates are an essential part of a balanced diet, however, some popular diets have unfortunately given 'carbs' a bad reputation and even lead to a 'fear' of carbohydrate foods in recent years.
A balanced diet should always include the three major food groups (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats).
Carbohydrate-rich foods are the body's main source of energy, giving you the fuel you need to carry out your daily activities. The brain also runs on carbohydrates, so this includes mental, as well as physical, energy. Healthy carbohydrate food sources like whole grains and vegetables are also a key dietary source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
Choosing the right type of carbohydrate is important; the ones that should be avoided are the refined carbs, including white bread, white rice, white flour products and anything with added sugar.
Healthy high carb foods include sweet potatoes, brown rice, navy beans, chestnuts, lentils, bananas, oatmeal, milk, raisins, and healthy snacks like brown rice cakes. The current daily value (%DV) for carbs is 300 grams.
The following is a list of the top 10 healthy sources of carbohydrates to include in your diet, click here for a list of high carb foods to avoid.