Know your nutrients: Carbohydrates

March is National Nutrition Month, an annual campaign to educate people about making healthy eating choices. Reading food labels is an important step in making smart choices. But food labels tend to be confusing, and many people don’t understand the terminology or even what the major nutrients listed on a food label are. In order to make informed decisions, people really need to know some basic information about the food we eat, including the major nutrients.

I am celebrating National Nutrition Month by writing about the major nutrients—carbohydrates, fats, and protein—in my Health & Fitness column in the Aiken Standard. This week I provide an introduction to carbohydrates.

You can learn more about carbohydrates, including specific guidelines and recommendations here.  I recently heard an interesting segment about whole grains on the NPR show Talk of the Nation. Apparently, all whole grains are not created equally. It’s worth a listen.

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