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What is the daily allowance of carbohydrates for women?

There is not an actual RDA (recommended daily allowance) for carbohydrates. Between 50 and 55 percent of a person's calories should come from carbohydrates, which are your body's main fuel source. Include whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products into the daily diet. For example, a woman who needs 1,800 calories a day should have about 225 grams of carbohydrates a day (based on 50 percent of the calories coming from carbs).

Both the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Choose My Plate website offer more information.

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