Carbohydrates are a very important part of our nutrition. They should be the source of 45%-65% of your daily energy. Many people think that carbohydrates are unhealthy, but they are not all actually bad for you. Simple carbohydrates (not too many atoms) are split into two groups, monosaccharides and disaccharides. Some monosaccharides are, glucose, in the blood and fructose, in fruit. Some disaccharides are, maltose, which is starch and sucrose, which is table sugar. One complex carbohydrate (a lot of atoms) is fiber. Fiber is split up into two different categories as well, soluble and insoluble. The soluble fiber helps you feel full, for example, nuts. The insoluble fiber helps you create waste, for example, grains.
Some foods that have little to no nutritional value and that people should try to minimize in their daily diet are, soda, whoopie pies and bakery goods, white bread, candy bars, cereal, specialty drinks like coolattas, health bars and condiments such as BBQ sauce. Most of those have bad ingredients that do not serve a point in our nutrition. Some foods that give you carbohydrates in a good way are, nuts, apples, berries, beans, lowfat yogurt, whole grain bread, green vegetables like lettuce, and avocados.
People are starting to believe that you should minimize your whole daily intake of carbohydrates. This is not a good thing because a decrease can lead to your body tissue breaking down, a large increase of sodium, and a large increase of saturated fat, which leads to cardiovascular disease. A few tips are to try and have half your foods in fruit or vegetable form, make flavor with spices, not sweeteners, and drink a lot of water!