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Standard Daily Carbohydrate Requirements for Men and Women

The nutrition community currently advices that around 55 to 60 percent of your daily calories come from carbohydrates. Since it's also recommended that you choose a diet that's moderate in sugar (one source of carbohydrates), your plate should lean toward more complex carbohydrate food sources, such as whole grains, cereals, fruits, and vegetables. Translation: Go easy on the jelly beans and eat more green beans.

The amount of carbohydrates that you should eat daily has less to do with your gender and more to do with the amount of daily calories you need to maintain your weight. It's guesstimated that many women need 1,600 to 2,200 calories daily, whereas active men need about 2,800 calories a day. Women should have six to nine servings from the bread group, three to four servings from the vegetable group, and two to three servings from the fruit group daily. Active men can eat around 11 servings from the bread group, five from the vegetable group, and four from the fruit group. Both men and women should have up to three daily servings from the milk group -- another source of carbohydrates.

If you want to know the number of grams of carbohydrates you should eat daily, look to the nutrition facts panel on the food label. The math is already calculated for you! According to the label, when consuming 2,000 calories daily, your carbohydrates should come in at 300 grams. If your daily intake is more like 2,500 calories, then shoot for 375 grams. Both will put your carbohydrate intake at 60 percent of your calories.