Dietary carbohydrates play a central role in human nutrition because they provide the primary source of the energy we need to fuel bodily functions. Carbohydrates are classified into two basic groups: simple and complex. Most dietary fiber is composed of indigestible carbohydrates.
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Michael T Murray, Naturopathic Medicine, answered
Heather R. Mangieri, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Dietary carbohydrates are our body’s primary and preferred source of fuel. The body uses them to make glucose, which can be used for immediate energy or stored in our liver and muscles for when it is needed. When we consume too many calories as carbohydrates, the body can convert them to fat for storage. Carbohydrates are found in many different foods and can be classified into complex or simple. The type of carbohydrate that is eaten will affect how quickly or slowly the body digests, absorbs and transports it in the body.
Julie M. Casagrande , NASM Elite Trainer, Fitness, answeredDietary carbohydrates are extremely important in nutrition. 60% of your calories should come from carbohydrates as they are the primary source of fuel for your brain and body. The challenge is differentiating between good carbs and bad carbs. Good carbs are complex carbohydrates such as greens, beans, nuts, colorful foods with fiber. Simple carbohydrates are the unhealthy carbs with very little nutrient value such as white rice, white bread, starch, etc.