When it comes to dieting and food in general, this is a name we’re all familiar with. They’re present in pretty much everything we eat, and we’re taught about them as soon as we can get hold of them.

They can be complex, and they can be simple. Some can even be good, while others can be bad. From bread, rice, and nuts – to desserts, milk, and soda. They’re all around us.

Have you guessed what it is yet? That’s right – carbohydrates.

What are Carbohydrates?

To you and me, carbohydrates – or carbs – are simply molecules containing oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon. Taking a step back, these carbohydrate molecules are the fibres, sugars, and starches present in our food – from fruits to vegetables, grains to dairy products.

Carbohydrates are classed as a basic food group – they’re essential for us. But under the spotlight of ‘trendy’ diets and detox programmes, they’ve been coming under fire recently. Bundled together with bread, cakes, and pasta, carbohydrates are seen as the hidden enemy.

But, the truth is, carbs are needed for a healthy, well-rounded diet. Our bodies depend on them to extract energy and keep us going when we can’t be bothered.

If you’re struggling to get your heads around the different types of carbs, you’re in good company. Personal Excellence has the perfect guide.