Average Calorie & Carbohydrate Needs for Adults
Carbohydrates are low in calories (1 gram = 3.75 calories) and are a great source of energy. Main stream diet nutritionists advise that about 50 percent of our total calories should come from carbs. However it is important to chose most of your carb-calories from lower glycemic index food. Lower glycemic index foods are more slowly absorbed by the body and help to maintain stable blood sugar levels. Examples of low GI foods are: beans, peas, lentils, nuts, seeds, whole wheat bread, oats, barley, pasta, Basmati rice, apples, avocados, cherries, grapefruit, grapes, olives, oranges, peaches, corn. See also Glycemic Index
Women (age 19-50)
- 1940 calories and 258g carbs per day.
Men (age 19-59) - 2550 calories and 340g carbs per day.
For calorie details of 2500 Foods, see Calories in Foods
For information about restricting carbs in diet, see: Advice About Low Carb Dieting
Calories In Types of Foods