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How Do Carbohydrates Impact Health?

The things we eat and drink on a daily basis can impact our health in big ways.

Too many carbohydrates, for instance, can lead to insulin resistance, which is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease and Type 2 Diabetes.

But what are carbs, exactly? And what do they do to our bodies? Richard J. Wood explains in this TEDEd lesson.


(400-800g per day)

Can be divided into two branches:

  • Polysaccharides (Pasta, Potatoes, Bread)
  • Monosaccharides/Disaccharides (Sugars, Honey, Fruits)

Recommended consumption of Carbs per day:

Dosed on the basis of physical activity

If training around 4-6h per week, then 5g/kg (grams against body mass kilograms). The maximum, if physical activity equals or exceeds 10h per week, then 10-12g/kg.

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