Indian diet is rich in a nutrient called ‘carbohydrates’ (carbs). Almost 60 to 75% of our daily diet consists of carbs.

There are two main types of carbs- simple carbs and complex carbs. Simple carbs are quickly digested and increase blood sugar rapidly whereas complex carbs take longer to digest and help keep blood sugars stable.

Sources of simple carbohydrates:
1. Glucose
2. Table sugar
3. Jaggery
4. Honey
5. Milk
6. Fruits
7. Jam, jelly, syrups, sugary drinks

Sources of complex carbohydrates

1. Cereals and grains
2. Vegetables
3. Beans, Dals, pulses
4. Roots and tubers

The primary function of carbohydrates is to provide energy to the body for various functions.

Excess of carbs are stored in the body in the form of glycogen and fats.

It is important to eat the right quantity and right type of this essential nutrient to keep your weight, fat and blood sugars under control.