One of the most common questions asked to me…Although rice is a rich source of carbohydrates, all the cereals such as wheat, ragi, maize etc have the same amount carbohydrate content ie. 70-80 grams of carbohydrates for 100 grams.
Many ask me whether rice has fat. If the intake of any carbohydrate or protien exceeds more than necessary, it is converted to fat. Hence the servings of cereals should be eaten as per requirement and if it exceeds, then it will be converted to fat.
Carbohydrates are a source of fuel and should give 50-60% of the daily calories in our daily diet. Carbohydrates from the complex form such as whole grains like brown rice, wheat pasta, whole grain breads or whole legumes and pulses will help to prevent spikes in the blood sugar and stabilize the glucose levels in the blood and can help in weight control as they are very filling
Carbohydrates which are refined such as refined wheat flour/maida, white/polished rice, white breads, cornflour, sugar etc are very bad for health and are nutritionally poor.