What are Carbohydrates?
Carbohydrate is an essential nutrient required in substantial amounts from the diet because it is the primary energy source.
One gram of carbohydrate provides 9 kcal of energy.
The common carbohydrates present in the human diet are:
3. Dietary fibres
There is no hard and fast rule on the daily carbohydrate intake. However, it is advisable to derive 40 to 60% of the body's daily energy requirement from carbohydrates.
The nutrition information panel presents the amounts of total carbohydrates present in 100 grams or 100 millilitres or one serving of the food. In Singapore, the nutrition information panel also showed the sugar and dietary fibres as the breakdown contents of carbohydrates.
This information is handy as it guides our consumption of food products. Consumers are sufficiently affluent to reduce their intake of sugars while increasing their dietary fiber intakes by choosing food products with comparatively lower sugar and higher dietary fibre contents.
Posted on 10 Sep 2021