|Carbohydrates and proteins|
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Carbohydrates (which some people call carbs) provide up to 70% of our body's energy.
They are the body's major energy source.
You can find them in bread, cereals (wheat, corn, rice, oats), and veggies like potatoes, as well as from fruit.
Most of the carbs you need come from foods in levels two and three in the food pyramid.
If you pig out on to many carbs your body wont be able toproduce energy from all of it so the excess gets stored in the body as fat.
Protein is essential for developing muscles, bones, skin, tendons and the body's organs.
They are the building blocks of the body repairing and replacing damaged tissue.
A good balanced diet should have sufficient protein.
An athlete's diet should have about 15% protein in it.
If you over-eat on foods packed with protein any excess will either be excreted or changed into fat.
Proteins can be found in eggs, fish, meat, poultry, nuts, peas and lentils. Most of the protein you need comes from level three in the pyramid.