Carbohydrate is a nutrient, just like protein and fat. Carbohydrates provide energy to the body and are essential to function optimally. For the brains and red blood cells, carbohydrates are also very important.


Distinction is made between simple and complex carbohydrates:


Carbohydrates can be found in many foods. Simple carbohydrates are the fast sugars. They are found, among other things, in liquorice, soft drinks, candy bars, cookies, candy, fruit juices, ice cream and sugar. Simple carbohydrates are often added sugars, which can be read on the label of food products. Complex carbohydrates can be found, among other things, in whole grain products such as bread, legumes, tubers, fruits, oatmeal, whole cereals, vegetables, whole grain pasta and brown rice.