Carbohydrates are divided into 3 groups: sugars, starches and fibers.

They work differently within the body, and all are essential.

Sugars and starches provide glucose.

This is the main source of the body’s energy.

We need them for everything from our brain to our red blood cells.

Fiber helps promote digestion.

Studies have shown that it also reduces the onset of diabetes, colon cancer and obesity.

What does this tell us?

We need carbohydrates in moderation for our body to function.

The U.S. government has changed from a food pyramid to a plate representation.