Carbohydrates are an essential nutrient. They have important roles to play within the body, which include:
1) Acting as a major source of energy for the body and brain
2) Forming structural elements of some cell membranes and cell walls
We need to consume sufficient quantities of carbohydrates so that they can fulfill their role, i.e:
Starchy foods form the second food group which plays an important role in healthy eating. They are our main source of carbohydrate, which the body needs for energy.
Starchy foods include potatoes, bread, cereals, rice, pasta and should make up about a third of the food you eat. We should eat some starchy foods every day as part of a healthy balanced diet, ideally choosing wholegrain varieties wherever possible.
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