Wednesday, May 6, 2009

What Are Carbohydrates?

What are carbohydrates?

Your body uses carbohydrates (carbs) to make glucose which is the fuel that gives us energy and helps keep everything going.

Your body can use glucose immediately or store it in your liver and muscles for when it is needed.

Your can find carbs in the following:
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Breads, cereals, and other grains
  • Milk and milk products
  • Foods containing added sugars (cakes, cookies, and sugar-sweetened beverages).

Healthier food higher in carbs include ones that provide dietary fiber and whole grains as well as those without sugar added.

Foods higher in carbs such as sodas and candies also contain added sugars add a lot of calories but little nutritional value.

More on the types of carbs next.

Blessings for a Glorious Day!

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