Carbohydrates, alongside fats and proteins, are our body's main energy suppliers, called macronutrients.
Simple carbohydrates (such as soda or juice, white bread, ice cream, cakes or baked sweets, table sugar and candy) can cause acute fluctuations in blood sugar levels, leading to cravings and energy dips. Plus, many of them have had beneficial nutrients removed.
So whenever possible, go for complex carbohydrates (whole grain bread, whole grain pasta, beans, brown rice and sweet potatoes). They make the blood sugar fluctuations slower and more balanced, which keeps us full and energized for longer.