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How much do you know about carbs?

Carbohydrates are a vital part of everyone’s diet, but the role they play and the amount you need is often misunderstood. Here are the need-to-know facts…

It’s a common misconception that most people eat too many carbohydrates. In fact, it’s recommended that around 50% of our daily calories should come from carbohydrates*, although they should mainly be the starchy type and preferably foods that contain fibre as well.

At the moment, most of us eat slightly less than that – with around 46% of our calories coming from carbs. So, while shifting away from sugary foods and drinks is important, cutting down on the amount of starchy carbs we eat isn’t usually necessary.

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In May’s Healthy Food Guide, we reveal how to retrain your taste buds to cut sugar and salt cravings, help you decipher whether your IBS trigger is diet or stress, and bring you our recipe expert Phil Mundy's guide for cooking and eating healthily on a budget. Plus, new speedy suppers, easy jar salads for lunch and healthy ways with spring lamb.