Daily Carbs Intake Calculator - How Many Carbohydrates
Do You Need?
are the macronutrient that we need in the largest amounts. According
to the Dietary Reference Intakes published by the USDA, 45% - 65%
of calories should come from carbohydrate. We need this amount of
- Carbohydrates are the bodys main source of fuel.
- Carbohydrates are easily used by the body for energy.
- All of the tissues and cells in our body can use glucose for
- Carbohydrates are needed for the central nervous system, the
kidneys, the brain, the muscles (including the heart) to function
- Carbohydrates can be stored in the muscles and liver and later
used for energy.
- Carbohydrates are important in intestinal health and waste elimination.
- Carbohydrates are mainly found in starchy foods (like grain
and potatoes), fruits, milk, and yogurt. Other foods like vegetables,
beans, nuts, seeds and cottage cheese contain carbohydrates, but
in lesser amounts.
Fiber refers to certain types of carbohydrates that our body cannot
digest. These carbohydrates pass through the intestinal tract intact
and help to move waste out of the body. Diets that are low in fiber
have been shown to cause problems such as constipation and hemorrhoids
and to increase the risk for certain types of cancers such as colon
cancer. Diets high in fiber; however, have been shown to decrease
risks for heart disease, obesity, and they help lower cholesterol.
Foods high in fiber include fruits, vegetables, and whole grain