Q: "I am trying to lose weight. How much carbohydrate should I be eating? I know people say you should only eat low amounts, but what’s low?"
Jade, via email
A: Despite the popularity of low-carb foods and the Atkins diet, nutritionists still believe in a balanced diet – even when you are trying to lose weight.
Don’t drop below 100g of carbohydrate a day. This is the bare minimum to eat. This means five or six serves daily of wholegrains, legumes, rice, pasta, starchy vegetables and fruit. These six serves could consist of: a bowl of cereal, two slices of bread, a baked potato, a piece of fruit and milk (which has a small amount of carbs).
Remember to choose carbohydrates that are high in fibre or wholegrain, or low-GI (Glycaemic Index). Pasta, lentils, beans and grainy breads are great choices.