Category Archives: Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates Function

How do carbohydrates function? Very Interesting! But before we talk about carbohydrates function  let us first  talk a little about carbohydrates themselves. Carbohydrates form a major part of our  food source, they  help in generating energy and building body strength. Other than proteins and fats, carbohydrates are the other macronutrients necessary for the body. Carbohydrates can be consumed in different forms like fibers, sugar, etc. Carbohydrates are something  we consume every day but they are  not  the only thing that provides  energy to the body, but it's believed they are the most efficient. Production of glucose and sucrose is one of the main processes of carbohydrate function  These sugars are in turn absorbed by the body to produce energy with very little effort. Research into carbohydrates  function has found that there are two different kinds of carbohydrates - simple and complex carbohydrates. Foods which can be digested by the body quickly are called simple carbohydrates while complex carbohydrates are those which take longer to digest. Simple carbohydrates are also called bad carbohydrates as the amount of essential vitamins and nutrients provided by some of these carbohydrates is comparatively less when compared to complex carbohydrates. On the other hand, the body takes a ...

Carbohydrates

You can find carbohydrates in all types of foods, except meat. Today specialists are recommending to exclude  nearly all carbohydrate when you are on a diet.   Companies started using this and among other things, they have introduced low-carb breads. Excluding bad carbohydrates such as sugar from your diet is a positive step but going further and refusing to eat fruits and whole grains can potentially deprive you of cancer fighting foods. Carbohydrates can be broken down into two main categories; simple and complex. Sodas, candy and even fruits contain simple sugars while whole grains, fruits and cereals contain complex carbs. The main difference between the two groups are their chemical structures. Simple sugars are made up of a few sugar molecules while complex carbs are made up of hundreds and even thousands of these molecules put together. In you body, the end product of both is glucose. Another difference between the two is the time needed to digest. If you consume 100 calories of simple sugars, your body can digest it a lot faster than if you eat the same amount of calories that are made of complex carbs. This is because simple sugars are closer to the end product than complex carbs ...

Carbohydrates And Losing Weight!

Carbohydrates are broken down by various enzymes into simple sugars then glucose so they can be absorbed into the blood. Digestive enzymes are like biological scissors - they chop long starch molecules into simpler ones. If we cannot burn all the fat we consume, the remainder is stored as fat tissue. This fat-burning ability is determined by the amount of insulin in our bloodstream. When insulin levels are low, we burn mainly fat. When they are high, we burn mainly carbs. But a problem arises when insulin levels remain constantly high, as in the case of individuals suffering from insulin insensitivity. In such cases, the constant need to burn carbohydrates reduces our fat-burning ability. Result? More fat is stored as fatty (adipose) tissue. The speed of digestion is determined by the chemical nature of the carbohydrate itself, and thus how "resistant" it is to the activity of the enzymes. A simple sugar is usually much less resistant than a starch, and is digested or metabolized much faster. Things that slow down digestion include: the presence of acid (from gastric juices or the food itself), and the presence of soluble fiber. High Insulin Levels May Increase Risk of Obesity This is why experts are linking ...

Function Of Carbohydrates

Function Of Carbohydrates, In recent times you could get the impression that fats and carbohydrates have both been given a bad rap.   First it was fat that was the culprit in all dietary ills, and low fat diets were all the rage. Then the two switched places, with carbohydrates being the bad guys and fat reigning supreme.   Both fats and carbs play an important role in nutrition, and both are vital to a healthy diet. It would be impossible and unwise to remove all fat from the diet, since fat is important for the production of energy, and for carrying valuable fat soluble vitamins like vitamin D, vitamin E and vitamin K, throughout the body. In addition, fat plays a very important role in regulating various bodily functions. Even though some fat is essential to a healthy body, too much fat can be harmful. Excessive levels of dietary fats have been implicated in heart disease, stroke, high cholesterol levels and even some cancers. Most nutritionists suggest limiting daily fat intake to less than 20% of calories, although taking that level lower than 10% is not recommended. The type and amount of fat in the diet makes all the difference. A diet high in saturated ...