Food to give you energy

7 May 2020
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Spending more time than usual at home may not feel particularly taxing, but your body still needs energy.

This is especially important as you look to spend more time outside and do more exercise outside your home.

Eating carbohydrates will help because your body breaks them down into glucose, which is absorbed into the blood and gives you fuel.

"Carbs" often have negative connotations when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet and weight. But it is important to understand they are not all the same.

Different carbs

In fact there are three different types: sugar, starch and fibre.

It is the type, quality and quantity of carbs in your diet that matters.

Just over a third of your diet should be made up of starchy foods like potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and cereals.

These will provide a slow and steady release of energy throughout the day. 

Benefits of fibre

Fibre is associated with lowering the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer.

It can also help you feel full, so you're less likely to eat too much.

Choosing wholegrain varieties of starchy foods and eating potatoes with their skin on will boost your fibre intake and give you the maximum benefit from eating those carbohydrates.

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