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List of Foods Rich in Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates, which are an important part of a well-balanced diet, break down into sugars that your body then converts into energy. Carbohydrates have long been split into two groups: simple and complex. Simple carbohydrates are those composed mainly of simple sugars that are easy for the body to break down while complex carbohydrates contain linked sugars and take longer to digest. Although sugary, processed foods are often high in carbohydrates, The Harvard School of Public Health recommends that you meet your body's needs for carbohydrates by eating more nutritious foods.

Brown Rice

A mere ¾ cup brown rice contains 38mg of carbohydrates per serving and is classified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a whole grain. Whole grains don't undergo any refining or processing that subsequently destroys their natural nutrients. Not only does brown rice provide your body with plenty of energy-boosting carbohydrates, it's also a high-fiber food, and as such, contributes to your digestive health

Apple Juice

If you're an athlete, carbohydrates are a crucial part of your diet. Early in your workout or training session, carbohydrates provide approximately 40 to 50 percent of your energy. Fortunately, you can find quick carbohydrates--and refreshment--in a glass of apple juice. One 8 oz. glass of apple juice contains 30g of carbohydrates, which is the the same amount found in a small baked potato


You may be surprised to learn that a sweet and nutritious snack of raisins is also rich in carbohydrates. Each ¼ cup of raisins you eat provides your body with 45g grams of carbohydrates. Raisins offer an added benefit as they're a versatile food that you can easily work into most meals. When adding carbohydrates to your diet, consider using raisins in salads, cookies, trail mix and baked desserts


Pasta is rich in carbohydrates and makes a high-energy and satisfying meal. Three cups of spaghetti, for example, provide your body with 97g of carbohydrates. Increase the health benefits of your high-carbohydrate meal by buying whole-wheat pasta that's been enriched with vitamin B and iron. For those allergic to wheat products, pastas made from corn, soybeans and rice are also available. The carbohydrate content of these pastas, however, may differ.


Having a medium-sized banana with your breakfast or as a snack adds an additional 26g of carbohydrates to your daily diet. Bananas are also a rich source of potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C and fiber. You can use bananas to add additional carbohydrates to your diet by adding them to cereals, fruit salads, yogurt or milkshakes.


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