Our expert says:
Foods contain 3 basic macro-nutrients - carbohydrates, fats and protein. Carbohydrates are found in all starchy foods and in sugars, e.g. all bread, cereals, rice, pasta, legumes, vegetables and fruits contain carbs. They have a low energy content of 17 kJ/g and help people to lose weight because their energy content is further 'diluted' by the dietary fibre most carbohydrate-rich foods contain. It is advisable to make unprocessed starchy foods the basis of each meal to keep your weight in check and ensure good health. It's the fat we add to starchy foods that makes us fat in western countries. In countries where people live on a starch staple and vegetables/fruit with little added fat and only small quantities of protein, the general population is not overweight.
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