Foods containing carbohydrates are part of a healthful diet because they provide dietary fiber, sugars and starches that help the body function well. The sugars and starches in foods supply energy to the body in the form of glucose, which is the preferred fuel for your brain and nervous system.
It’s important to choose carbohydrates wisely. Your best carbohydrate-containing foods are nutrient-packed foods in several of the basic food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains and milk and milk products. Choosing these foods within your calorie requirements daily may help your heart stay healthy and reduce your risk for chronic disease. Whole, unprocessed, unrefined sources of carbohydrates are good choices. There are some carbohydrates you need to watch out for, such as foods with carbs that have added sugars — cakes, cookies and doughnuts, to name a few.