By Jarrod Agosta, Dietitian & Nutritionist
Carbohydrates have a bad reputation when it comes to fad diets and weight management. They seem to be an easy target for criticism and a number of high profile “diet plans/lifestyles” advocate for no or very minimal carbohydrate intake in an attempt to help you lose weight. These include Atkins, Keto, Paleo, Dukan, Carnivore…the list goes on.
The truth of the matter is that carbohydrates alone do not make you fat. Overeating and leading a sedentary lifestyle are the most common reasons why someone may put on weight. Often the reason why carbs are such a target is because a lot of foods in which carbs are found are also foods that we are advised to eliminate or reduce anyway. Cakes, biscuits, pizza, soft drinks, sweets, white bread/rice etc are all foods that we, as Dietitians, recommend limiting or changing for a healthier substitute.
Carbohydrates do form part of a healthy, balanced diet. The key thing to remember is that wholegrain and wholemeal carbs are the ones that we should be including.
“Most Australians consume less than half the recommended quantity of wholegrain foods, but eat too much refined grain (cereal) foods”