All About Carbohydrates

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Carbohydrates are the prime source of energy for our body. All carbohydrates are converted into glucose in our body. Glucose is a type of sugar that is used for generating energy in the body.

Carbohydrates are found in breads, fruits, vegetables, dairy products etc. About 45 to 65 percent of your daily calorie requirement comes from carbohydrates. The exact amount of carbohydrates needed depends on a number of factors. Some of them are age, sex, activity level, body weight etc.

However, all carbohydrates are not the same. There are many types of carbohydrates, having diverse properties. For example, the amount of fiber in different carbohydrates is not the same.

Carbohydrates that have a high amount of fiber are better for your health Such carbohydrates are fruits, vegetables and whole grains. One should avoid eating refined carbohydrates.

They have less quantity of fiber and also contain added sugar. Some diets blame carbohydrates and not fats for weight gain. However, cutting down drastically on carbohydrates in your diet can be hazardous to your health, and not to mention your weight loss goals! The trick is to eat the right type of carbohydrates. To achieve this you can use the glycemic index rating to choose carbohydrates wisely.

It is advised to eat carbohydrates that have a low glycemic index. They release glucose at a slow and steady rate into your blood stream. This not only makes you feel satiated but also sustains your energy level for a longer period of time.

Most of the refined carbohydrates have a high glycemic index, and their consumption should be restricted. In fact, a meal of low GI carbs three hours before your workout aids in burning fat.

So you should eat healthy and unrefined breads and carbohydrates. Some wholesome sources of carbohydrates are whole wheat breads, brown rice, corn tortillas, cereals, lentils etc.

You should also remember that breads are not the only source of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are found in fruits and vegetables also. Lentils and cereals are also good sources of carbohydrates.

While purchasing breads, read the nutritional information on the label carefully. Check if the amount of dietary fibers and sugars it contains are sufficient.  So, choose carbohydrates that are good for you and promote your health.

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