WHAT CARBS DO

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Carbs are an im­por­tant en­ergy source. “When you look at the di­ets of ath­letes, you al­ways find car­bo­hy­drates,” McMil­lan says. “It’s ex­cel­lent fuel.”

El­iz­a­beth Borgo, a di­eti­tian from Nu­tri­tion Aus­tralia Queens­land, agrees: “When you eat a carb-rich food, it’s bro­ken into glu­cose, which en­ters your blood­stream and feeds the mus­cles and brain with en­ergy. There’s strong ev­i­dence that a diet high in whole­grains is linked with lower body mass in­dex and re­duced risk of be­ing over­weight. But not all car­bo­hy­drate-rich foods are cre­ated equal.”

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