Carbohydrates Energy, fibers, minerals and vitamins.

in health •  last year  (edited)

Carbohydrates are one of the main types of nutrients. They are the most important source of energy for our body. The digestive system converts these carbohydrates into glucose (sugar in the blood). The body uses this sugar as energy for its cells, tissues and organs.



Carbohydrates are called simple or complex depending on their chemical structure. Simple carbohydrates include sugar found naturally in products such as fruits, vegetables, milk and milk products. They also include sugars added during the processing and refining of food. Complex carbohydrates include breads and whole grains, vegetables rich in starch and legumes. Many of the complex carbohydrates are a good source of fiber.

Carbohydrates are important macronutrients that must be obtained through diet because our bodies can not produce them on their own. However, its quality must be taken into account.

The most healthy sources of carbohydrates are those that do not have any human process, that is, they are in their purest state. For example, whole grains, vegetables and fruits.

The fructose of the fruit is also absorbed immediately, that is why it should be consumed in moderation and prefer those fruits that have more fiber content and fewer calories. For example: avocado, lemon, peach and papaya.

Fiber: You find it naturally in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. They are carbohydrates that take more time to process and help the digestive system to perform its functions. Examples: whole or whole grains, fibrous fruit such as pear, vegetables such as broccoli.

Sugars: It is the simplest form of carbohydrates. It occurs naturally in fruits (fructose), table sugar (sucrose) and milk sugar (lactose).

Starches: They are in cereals and derivatives such as flour, products made with dough-based bread, biscuits, as well as some tubers such as potatoes.

The body needs all three forms of carbohydrates to function properly.

The sources of carbohydrates are good; choosing the ones that are healthiest is not an easy task. So it is important not to abuse the ingestion of this type of food, being recommended to eat only 200 to 300 grams of carbohydrates per day, which is easily achieved by eating rice at lunch and dinner, 1 French bread and cookies throughout the day.

Foods rich in carbohydrates such as bread, cereals, rice and pasta provide a lot of energy for the body, however, when we consume them in excess they increase the amount of body fat, since the body stores them in the form of fat.

In addition, carbohydrates are likely to offer a very high digestibility in general, which provides an ideal food for those who require a diet accompanied by intense physical activity, especially before a sport.

To finish my publication I can tell you that carbohydrates have the main function of supplying energy to our body, especially the brain and the nervous system, carbohydrates are very important in our daily diet, because they are our main fuel for carrying out daily activities and for that our body works well, therefore if for our car we are looking for excellent quality gasoline so as not to damage it, why not do the same with our body, which should be much more important than a car.

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