Carbohydrates should account for 45–65 percent of an individual's total daily calorie intake, according to the 2020–2025 dietary recommendations for Americans.
This equates to eating between 225 and 325 grams of carbs (or 900 to 1,300 calories) on a 2,000 calorie American diet.
Carbohydrates are an important ingredient that may be found in many different foods, including milk and other dairy products, fruit, grains, starchy vegetables like potatoes, and even low-carb veggies
Carbohydrates include fiber-rich meals including beans, lentils, and whole grains.
The dietary recommendations state that the most common source of carbohydrates in the average American's diet comes from sugar-sweetened drinks.
A high-carbohydrate diet has been linked by some to hunger and calorie surpluses due to dramatic fluctuations in insulin levels.
Vegetables low in carbohydrates (such as spinach and carrots), avocados, and fruits low in sugar (such as apples and berries) are common sources of these trace levels.
High levels of protein may damage the kidneys, and saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of heart disease.