What are Carbohydrates?
Carbohydrates, pronounced (car-bo-hi-drayts) are sugars that provide the body with energy. Your body can break carbohydrates down quickly and efficiently.
Carbohydrate rich foods in their natural state are low in calories and high in fiber. Carbohydrates contain about 4 calories per gram. Fat contains about 9 calories per gram.
Function of Carbohydrates?
The main function of carbohydrates is to provide your body with energy. Carbohydrates usually provide about have of your body's energy when your resting or performing a low-level activity.
Where are Carbohydrates?
Carbohydrates are found in breads, pastas, candy, sodas, wines, beer, fruits.
Carbohydrates in our bodies?
When carbohydrates are in our body, they are being broken down and used as energy. When the body doesn't need to use the carbohydrates for energy, it stores them into the liver and muscles. When carbohydrates are stored in your liver and muscles, it is called glycogen. When the liver and muscles cells cannot store anymore glycogen, it is turned into fat.
When your body needs a quick boost of energy, it converts glycogen into energy. When it needs a prolonged burst of energy, it converts gat to energy.
Kinds of Carbohydrates?
Carbohydrates are divided into 2 groups: simple and complex.
Simple carbohydrates are also called simple sugars. Simple carbohydrates include: fructose (fruit sugar), sucrose (table sugar) and lactose (milk sugar), as well as several other sugars. Simple carbohydrates are great souces of quick energy.
Complex carbohydrates include fiber and starches. They can be found in vegetables, bread, rice, oatmeal, whole grains, peas and beans. Complex carbohydrates take longer to be digested, so your body needs more time to release these carbs into your blood as glucose.
The above was one of many articles on carbohydrates...this gives the basic idea of why and how our bodies use carbohydrates.
There is often great debate over carbohydrates and the only advice that I can give you is to do what is right for you.
I personally use a balance of carbs and protein (I have 6 seves of carbs per day and 4-5 of protein) I also have 3 serves of fruit and make sure I cut in on the 5 serves of veges.
Other people find that they do really well on the TF program and also just cutting down or out the carbs...it is something that is finding the balance for each individual
I know that this does not directly answer your question, but I hope it is some help to you, Amanda...