Do carbohydrates make you fat? How much is acceptable?
A positive imbalance between energy intake and energy output in the form of physical activity leads to overweight and, if persistent over a period of time, to obesity. It does not really matter which kind of macro-nutrient causes the energy imbalance. Macro nutrients cannot not cause energy imbalance. Eating/physical activity do. Carbohydrates are one of the three major macro-nutrients which supply the body with energy (fat and protein being the others). They provide 4 Kcal per gram as does proteins, while fat provides 9 Kcal per gram.
Note, alcohol also contributes calories. There is now good evidence that at least 55% of our daily calories should come from carbohydrates. Provided that an appropriate balance is kept between calorie intake and expenditure, scientific studies suggest that a diet containing an optimum level of carbohydrates may help prevent body fat accumulation.
Our advice is to go for a balanced diet adequate to your needs with a high content on whole grain carbohydrates for promoting long-term health.
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