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The Truth about Carbohydrates

 

Carbohydrates are integral part of a healthy diet. Food and Nutrition expert strongly recommend that carbohydrates should form 45 to 65 percent of a persons’ daily calorie intake.
All type of carbohydrates is not bad. Instead of seeing these bad for health, let’s divide these in two major categories.

            • Everyday Carbohydrates, and
            • Sometimes Carbohydrates

Everyday carbohydrates are found in vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Foods like whole wheat bread, brown rice, whole grain crackers, whole grain pastas, fresh fruits and vegetables should be eaten everyday. White breads, white rice, and white crackers are good food but these do not contain same nutrient as their whole grain counterpart. These are also easier to digest, which means these offers more calories.
Everyday carbohydrates also include dietary fibers composed of non-digestible carbohydrates by human digestive system and lignin form of plants. A diet rich in fiber has several benefits like less risk of coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and bowel and colon issues.
Sometimes carbohydrates are initiated with baked goods, candy, sodas, ice cream, and even fat free items. A person should consume these items only occasionally.
Carbohydrates also include sugars and starches that supply energy to the body in the form of glucose. Glucose is the only energy source for red blood cells; it is the preferable one energy source for the brain, central nervous system, placenta, and fetus. Sugars are naturally found present in the food, foe example; fructose in fruits and lactose in milk. Sugars can also added to the food items during preparation or processing Sugars added to the food are known as caloric sweeteners. Body response to the natural sugar and caloric sweeteners in equally well, but added sugar supply only calories and almost no nutrients. 

It is very important to choose carbohydrates very wisely.

Foods of the food groups placed lower down the food triangle give everyday carbohydrates. For example; grains, fruits, vegetables and milk etc and these are also integral sources of many nutrients. Choosing plenty of these foods within the calorie – controlled limit promotes health and minimizes the risk factor of bad health.

 

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