Carbs have been labeled as bad when they are highly processed with little nutrient density. Foods that fall into this category include sugar-sweetened beverages (soda, teas, coffee drinks, juice drinks), processed foods (snack cakes, chips, fast food, etc.) and desserts. We prefer to call these “sometimes” foods rather than “bad” foods to emphasize that it is still enjoyable and acceptable to have these foods.
If your child consumes these types of carbohydrates regularly, and not in moderation, they are at higher risk of not meeting their nutrition needs from whole foods, feeling less satisfied after meals, and overeating. If your child is not meeting their recommended intake of fruit and veggies, whole grain, dairy and lean protein, you should prioritize adding those foods in. Remember, it is acceptable, appropriate and completely normal for athletes (even at a professional level) to enjoy foods with sugar in moderation.