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What are carbohydrates?
Carbohydrates are a large group of compounds that includes sugars, starch and fibre.
Carbohydrate is largely made up of complex sugars which are broken down by our digestive system into simple sugars for energy.
Why does it matter to me?
- Carbohydrates are usually the main energy source for the body
- Carbohydrate provides energy for working muscles and the central nervous system
- Carbohydrates provide a vital source of energy for our brain
Eating carbohydrate saves protein (which is needed as the building blocks of tissues, cells and organs) from being broken down to make glucose for energy.
Are processed carbohydrates bad?
Many say that processed (simple) carbohydrates such as white flour and sugar lead to more weight gain than the natural carbohydrates found in whole grains, fruit and vegetables and there is evidence for this - see link below.
Too many carbohydrates lead to fat!
When there is a large excess of carbohydrates in our systems this is then converted to fat.
How much do I need?
The RDA for carbohydrate is
set by the National Academy of Sciences at 130g per day for an average body weight for men of
70kg and women of 57.5 kg.
Some experts now say that a carbohydrate intake at over 50% of overall calorie intake is harmful (there are 4 calories per gram in carbohydrate).
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