“Carbs” has become a dirty word in recent times, especially in the weight loss world, due in no small part to the popularity of low-carb diets such as the Atkins, Dukan and South Beach.
The “carbs are bad” mantra from Dr Atkins and co has left many people confused about carbohydrates and their importance for your health, including maintaining a healthy weight.
Dietitian Sian Porter says: “Carbohydrates are such a broad category and people need to know that not all carbs are bad.
“While we should reduce the amount of sugar in our diet there is strong evidence that starch and fibre are good for our health.”
Find out all you need to know about carbohydrates, their health benefits, healthier sources of carbs and how carbs can actually help you lose weight.