Carbohydrates are a group of organic compounds that provide the body with energy that comes from digestible carbohydrates. Starches that are indigestible provide the body with roughage or fibre that is needed so digestion is healthy. Consumption of dietary fibre is beneficial and provides nutrition, helps to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, coronary heart disease, diabetes and constipation.
Besides being an important source of energy and dietary fibre carbohydrates are important for the processing industry as their presence adds sweetness, appearance and texture to foods. It is for this reason that that food testing for carbohydrates is carried out in food labs so processed foods can have the right concentration of carbohydrates.