Are Carbohydrates Good or Bad?

We think carbohydrates are good!

Carbohydrates get such a bad rap. Ever had a chat to someone looking for a bit of a health kick and they turn to you, put their hand on your shoulder and say, “We’ve cut out carbs so we’re going to be fine”. If this seems a little bit too simple, you’re right. Throughout this chapter we’ll go through how carbohydrates work within the body and if they’re as scary as everyone makes them out to be.

Carbohydrates are what is known as a Macronutrient. Things like Protein and Fat also fall into this category and these all play a large role in our energy levels, but lets focus on Carbohydrates for now. Carbohydrates are divided into 3 main groups of Saccharides which when translated, essentially means sugar. Ahh sugar! We’ve listed the 3 below but don’t worry if you don’t memorise it, it can be a lot to get your head around.

Monosaccharides: These are the simplest form of carbohydrates as the name suggests, Mono = 1.

Oligosaccharides: These are Saccharides that are made up of a small group of Monosaccharides.

Polysaccharides: These are created when there’re 10 or more Monosaccharides linked together.

Now that we’ve learnt some new and rather large words we’ll continue to explain what role Carbohydrates play within the body. Wh