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  • One of the main types of nutrients
  • Some dieters look to reduce or cut carbs out

For many dieters, the word carbohydrates send shivers down their spine. The humble carbohydrate is often associated with putting on weight and feeling stodgy. However the nutrient is often considered vital for a balanced diet.

Potatoes are carbohydrates

What are carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates also referred to as carbs, are a vital source of energy for the body. The body uses carbs to convert into glucose which then feeds the body’s vital organs. Not only do carbs help to provide energy but also reduce disease risk and limit calorie intake. It is considered that there are three types of carbohydrates; sugar, starch and fibre.  

Should you cut out carbs?

Nutrients suggest that you shouldn't and to lead a healthy lifestyle you need to follow a balanced diet which incorporates each of the main nutrient groups. Sam Conebar, nutritionist at FORZA Supplements commented, “Eating carbs in moderation is the same for any food group – too much over fuels the body”. “If you are looking to try a low carb diet, it is recommended that you try this for a day and ease your body into the diet.”