Carbohydrates have become almost as evil, in some people’s minds, as fat, making it “in vogue” to eliminate them from one’s diet. This is unfortunate, as this macronutrient should comprise approximately 45-65% of our daily caloric intake. This percentage is necessary for the following reasons:
Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of fuel
Carbohydrates are easily used as energy by the body
Integral to the healthy functioning of the central nervous system, the kidneys, the brain, and the muscles
Important in intestinal health and waste elimination
Carbohydrates replace glycogen stores (necessary for muscle contraction) in the muscle and liver. Without carbohydrates to replace glycogen, fatigue and less than optimal functioning occurs.