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Carbohydrate

01 January 2010no comments Foods

Some fad diets give carbohydrates a bad rap, leading you to believe that they’re the cause of unwanted weight gain.  But they are an essential part of a healthy diet.  Check out the U.S. Food Pyramid.  Carbs are highlighted as an important part of a healthy diet and not banned. Your body needs a wide variety of foods to function and stay healthy.

“Carbohydrates is one of the macronutrients that we need, primarily for energy,” says Sandra Meyerowitz, MPH, RD, a nutritionist. While fats and protein are also necessary for energy, they’re more a long-term fuel source, while carbs fulfill the body’s most immediate energy needs.  “It’s your body’s first source of energy—that’s what it likes to use,” adds Meyerowitz.

Why does the body prefer carbs?  Because they’re easier and faster to break down and use than proteins or fats, she explains.  So don’t deny your body what it needs to keep up with your active lifestyle.

What are the types of Carbohydrates?  Go online to http://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/101/nutrition-basics/what-about-carbohydrates to find out.

 

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