With an abundance of carb-phobic messages in the media, the temptation for many is to indiscriminately eliminate carbohydrate foods, including grains.
And [ABS data ](http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/by Subject/4364.0.55.007~2011-12~Main Features~Dieting~500)shows that low carbohydrate-diets are more popular for Australian men than women.
One of the key problems with the low-carb or no-carb approach is that although we are getting rid of all those nutrient-poor carbohydrate foods – like cakes, pastries, pies and pizza -- we also lose out on the nutrient-rich, quality carbohydrate foods. These include whole grain or high-fibre grain foods, legumes and starchy vegetables. And they provide key nutrients for health, not to mention the fuel we need to get through those tough workouts!
The problem with our diets
The Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council ‘2014 Consumption and Attitudinal Study’ showed that only one in 10 young men are making smart carb choices when it comes to grains, with this demographic being the most likely to consume takeaway meals such as burgers, sausage rolls and pizza1.
Not only are these foods higher in saturated fats and salt, they also lack the nutrients we need for health, and may actually increase the risk of obesity and chronic disease over time2.
The study also found that Aussie men have a long way to go to turn around their habits, with two out of five eating less than one serve of whole grain foods each day1 - well short of the three serve per day recommendation.