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Do carbohydrates make you gain weight?

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Do carbohydrates make you gain weight?

Carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet, they’re a source of energy for our body, and fuel for our brain. However, there are some carbohydrate containing foods which are better for daily consumption compared to others which are best to only have occasionally. There are two types of carbohydrates. These are complex carbohydrates, which are generally better for daily consumption. They are found in foods such as rice, pasta, breads, vegetables, legumes with the wholemeal and wholegrain varieties preferred. Complex carbohydrates are nutrient dense and take longer to digest and break down the food into energy, thus making you feel fuller for longer.

The second type of carbohydrates are simple carbohydrates and these tend to be less healthy and if chosen, should only be eaten occasionally. They are often found in ‘energy dense, nutrient poor foods’ (i.e., biscuits, pastries, fizzy drinks) and are digested rapidly which may contribute to overall weight gain.

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.

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What is healthy eating?

Eating healthy is making sure you enjoy a wide variety of foods from each of the five major food groups daily, in the amounts recommended. The five major food groups as recommended by the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating are:

  1. vegetables and legumes/bean
  2. fruit
  3. lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds, legumes/beans
  4. grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and/or high cereal fibre varieties
  5. milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives, mostly reduced fat.

Foods are grouped together because they provide similar amounts of key nutrients and eating a variety of foods from the list above helps to promote good health and reduce the risk of disease.

How do I improve my diet?

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Is my diet healthy?

Dietary habits are different between people. Some people choose to follow a particular diet (i.e., Keto diet or vegan diet) while some have to make changes due to certain food restrictions or health conditions. If you want to know if what you usually eat is healthy, then do the Healthy Eating Quiz today to give you the answers in less than 10 minutes.

Why is healthy eating important?

Your HEQ score and personalised feedback report is based on the frequency and variety of healthy core foods you usually eat. This is important because no single food contains all the nutrients we need to stay healthy. Some foods are higher in nutrients than others and people who have a lot of variety in the foods they eat are more likely to be healthy and to stay healthy. In other words, if you can eat a large variety of vegetables as opposed to only 2-3 types of vegetables, the benefits are much greater. This type of diet also helps you to feel better, think better and perform better during your usual daily activities.

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