Will eating carbohydrates make me fat?

Marjorie Nolan Cohn
Marjorie Nolan Cohn on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Nutrition & Dietetics

No, carbohydrates do not make you fat. Eating too many calories and too little activity causes weight gain. Carbohydrate breaks down into simple sugars, the main one being glucose. Glucose is your body’s primary fuel. It is stored in the muscles and liver, and use for immediate energy needs. In fact, glucose is the fuel that keeps your blood sugar stable throughout the night, and the best fuel for your brain. All carbohydrates break down into simple sugars, and are crucial to life. Carbohydrates will not make you fat, that is as long as you are not eating too many calories in general.

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