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Optimum Nutrition by Stephanie Green

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CHAPTER6

Carbohydrates

In This Chapter

  • What is a carbohydrate?
  • The important role of carbohydrates in the body
  • Distinguishing between simple and complex carbohydrates
  • Identifying the best types of carbohydrates for good health
  • The many benefits of soluble and insoluble fiber
  • A quick review of sugar substitutes

Carbohydrates provide energy for your body, which is why the bulk of the calories in your diet should come from carbs. Every cell in your body can use the simple sugar molecule–glucose derived from carbohydrates. Without an adequate intake of carbohydrates, your nervous system, kidneys, muscles, and brain can’t function properly. ...

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