These days carbohydrates have received a bad reputation, but while you might think that the most carb-laden option is bread, that’s not always the case.
In fact, Body+Soul have revealed the surprising healthy foods that contain more carbohydrates than a humble slice of bread.
It is recommended that the general population’s diet should be made up of 45 to 65 per cent of carbohydrates, which translates to 230 to 333 grams every day.
Body+Soul have revealed the surprising foods that actually contain more carbohydrates than a humble slice of bread (stock image)
To make it easy for people to follow, one slice of grainy wholemeal bread has approximately 15 grams of carbs.
There are a variety of healthy foods that have more carbohydrates than this, such as a singular apple, which contains 20 grams of carbs.
Half a small sweet potato has 19 grams and one cup of canned chickpeas has a surprising 23 grams.
Half a cup of uncooked pasta and three quarters of a cup of reduced fat Greek yoghurt also contain more carbohydrates, with 28 grams and 16 grams respectively.
These days carbohydrates have received a bad reputation, with many popular diets being ‘carb free’ but this doesn’t necessarily need to be the case (stock image)
One cup of canned chickpeas has a surprising 23 grams (left) and half a cup of uncooked pasta has 28 grams (right)
Foods with less carbs
One egg = 0.1 grams
100g of butternut pumpkin = 7 grams
100g of watermelon = 5 grams
100g of broccoli = 1.3 grams
Source: Huffington Post
There are a variety of less-healthy foods that contain a higher amount of carbohydrates as well.
One 45 gram packet of plain chips contains 26 grams of carbohydrates.
A 375mL can of Coca-Cola almost has double the amount, with 40 grams.
A croissant has 24 grams, a plain iced doughnut contains 22 grams and two Tim Tams have 23 grams of carbohydrates.
Of course, not all carbs are made the same and there are certain foods people should include in their diet more than others.
There are a variety of healthy foods that have more carbohydrates than a slice of bread, such as a singular apple, which contains 20 grams (stock image)
‘The type of carbs you want to limit are those that are refined – think white bread and biscuits,’ Melissa Meier told the publication.
‘Not only do these foods usually have a high GI (meaning you’ll get a quick spike in blood sugar and won’t feel as satisfied), they can also come with lots of added sugar, fat and sodium.’
This doesn’t mean that people should stop consuming them altogether, simply that they should pay attention to how much of them they include in their day-to-day life.
They should also aim to eat foods like wholegrains, legumes, sweet potato and fruit in the diet to receive a healthy range of nutrients, including carbs.