Good carbs vs bad carbs

What are carbohydrates?
Carbohydrates are an extremely important part of a healthy diet and one of their main functions is providing the body with glucose, which converts to energy.

What carbs are recommended?
It’s the quality of the carb in our diet that’s important. You should reduce poor quality carbs and replace with high quality carbs that provide a range of nutritional benefits. Wholegrains, legumes, fruits and vegetables not only provide carbs for energy; they contain dietary fibre, protein, B vitamins, a number of micronutrients, small amount of fats and antioxidants.


  • Have been shown to assist with weight control, reduce cardiovascular disease risk, improve insulin sensitivity and reduce inflammation.
  • Are nutrient dense, high in dietary fibre, contain protective phytonutrients and are naturally low in saturated fat and sodium.
  • Are especially important in vegan and vegetarian diets as a source of zinc and iron*.
  • Grain foods, including wholegrain breads contribute more fibre to our diets than any other food or food groups.

Dietary fibre

  • Assists in maintaining the health and function of the digestive system.
  • Research has shown that diets high in cereal fibre reduce the risk of premature death from a number of chronic diseases, including cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease and diabetes.

For a healthy diet include these high quality carbs:

  • Whole grains
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Legumes
  • Milk and yoghurt

Limit or avoid:

  • Refined white breads and cereals
  • Soft drink, cakes & pastries
  • Sugar
  • Highly processed foods

The Carman’s Range
We provide wholegrains, the high quality carbohydrate, in all of our products. Oats (a wholegrain) are the foundation of our muesli, porridge, muesli bars, clusters and rounds.

The reason we love oats at Carman’s is due to their numerous health benefits. Our products are also high in dietary fibre, low GI and contain beta-glucan, a type of soluble fibre that has been shown to help to improve blood cholesterol.

*Australian Dietary Guidelines 2013