Are carbohydrates fattening?

Foods rich in carbohydrate are an important part of a healthy diet – they’re a source of energy for our body, and fuel for our brain. Many people fear that eating carbohydrate-rich foods will make them gain weight, but if you’re choosing smart, high quality carbohydrate foods in the right amounts, there’s no need to worry about weight gain.

In any case, any food can cause weight gain if you eat too much of it. The important thing to remember is not all carbohydrates are equal. It’s best to choose good quality, whole grain carbohydrate foods, like breads, cereals, pasta, rice, oats and quinoa. These are high in fibre, and have a low GI so will keep you feeling fuller for longer. Choosing these over refined carbohydrate-rich foods like cakes, biscuits, pastry, lollies, and doughnuts is a smart way to control your weight.

There is no scientific evidence that supports cutting out all carbohydrates from your diet. It’s all about choosing good quality carbohydrate food choices and knowing how much to eat or serve.

Weight management is different for everyone, and an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) can assist you to plan a healthy diet that matches an approach to your personal health and lifestyle.