what do carbohydrates do for your body

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First of all, in order to understand carbohydrates, you must comprehend what they do for our
system. Carbohydrates, simply known as 'carbs', are one of the macronutrients that our bodies
need on a daily basis. The other two macronutrients we require are proteins and fats.
Carbohydrates are nutrients that consist of oxygen, hydrogen and carbon. Biomolecules in our
body store these nutrients and convert them into energy for our body. There are also two kinds of
carbohydrates and those are known as complex and simple carbohydrates. The definition of
carbohydrate occurs by combining the naturally occurring chemical substances of oxygen,
hydrogen and carbon. Adding carbon atoms or where 'carbo' is derived from, to a mixture of
oxygen and hydrogen, where we get the 'hydrate' (H2O) and you get a carbo-hydrate. So when
you combine those elements into a variety of forms you get carbohydrates, and there are more
than one kind.
So what do carbohydrates do for you? They help reinforce our immune system and help keep it
tough. Carbohydrates provide our bodies with raw energy, so that we have the physical force to be
able to move about, or even breathe. Carbohydrates provide us with glucose, which our brain
needs on a consistent basis, in order to function properly and at its peak capacity. Our brains
would become stagnant which would affect all of the decisions that we make without enough

What's the deal with simple carbohydrates vs. complex carbohydrates? Have you ever been
hungry, and to satisfy your hunger you grab and eat a quick candy bar? Of course you have - we
all have, but it is only a very brief satisfaction and then we feel that hunger pang again, because
what we ate were simple carbohydrates, which digest very quickly into energy. Now on the other
hand, assuming you had eaten something like bread, pasta or potatoes, which are complex
carbohydrates, they take much longer to transfer into energy and you would have felt satisfied and
more sated longer. Another interesting fact is that for an average adult, 40-65% of our food intake
should originate from carbohydrates and these should be complex carbohydrates. Simple
carbohydrates should only account for about 10% of our diet. Nearly all living things obtain their
energy via carbohydrates.
It's a known fact that people who go on a no carbohydrate diet or a low carbohydrate diet lose
weight the fastest, but trust me it is pure torture if you love your pasta, bread and potatoes. They
also run the risk of getting scurvy! Yes scurvy, in this day and age. A supplement of vitamin C is
necessary for these kinds of diets.
Simple carbohydrates also referred to as sugars, can be found in refined table sugar, candies and
even milk and fruits. Complex carbohydrates also referred to as starches, can be found in things
like potatoes, bread, rice, cereal, pasta and even beans, which are also very high in protein. After
consuming carbohydrates our small intestines and stomach breaks them down into glucose, which
is actually simple sugar. The glucose is then absorbed into our bloodstream through the small
intestine, and that it travels to our cells where it is converted into energy. Your body will naturally
and temporarily store excess glucose in your liver and muscles so that you have a continuous
stream of energy, but if you consume too many carbohydrates, and you do not burn those off, then
it is inevitable that this extra glucose will be stored as fat. Hmm, where do you think that extra fat
will end up? On your thighs or perhaps add to that deep belly fat that so many of the population
has today?


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