There’s a lot of confusion about good carbs vs bad carbs and what we should be eating 

Carbohydrates (carbs) are a type of macronutrient, alongside protein and fats, found in a variety of foods and drinks 

Complex carbohydrates are the body’s preferred source of energy and help to fuel our nervous system, our muscles and organs 

Simple carbohydrates, on the other hand, are digested much quicker and send immediate bursts of glucose into the bloodstream 

Not all carbs are created equal and some are healthier than others. Carbohydrates found in plant-based foods – complex carbs – are ‘good’ carbs 

To reap the benefits of carbohydrates, try opting for carbs loaded with nutrients, such as wholegrains and fruit and vegetables 

Simple or ‘bad’ carbs (also known as refined or processed carbs) are sugars, broken down quickly and used as energy, says Oddy 

During processing, the bran and germ of the whole grain are removed, which also removes fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants