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how many carbs are you allowed in a day

There is not an absolute amount of carbs allowed in a day.  Depending on calorie needs, which are different for each of us, the amount is a percentage that ranges from 40%-65% of total calorie needs.  What is more important is the type of carbohydrate that is chosen.  Your best choices are the carbohydrates that come from fruits, vegetables, beans, and unprocessed whole grains (such as brown rice, barley, 100% whole wheat or whole grain breads, regular oatmeal, or unsweetened granola).  The carbohydrate that is in milk is also considered as part of the total carbohydrate intake.  Carbohydrates from highly processed foods (such as sweetened or instant cooked cereals) and from added sugars (table sugar, sucrose, corn syrup, honey, etc. in baked goods, sodas, etc.) should be kept to a minimum.

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