Carbohydrates 101: What are “good” versus “bad” carbohydrates?

Posted on January 4th, 2010 0 Comments

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Depending on who you ask, you may get a different answer to the question, “What are good carbohydrates?” Likewise with the “bad” ones! So let’s take a look at some of the better features of some carbs and some of the not-so-good features of others.

From reading the last few sections on “Carbs 101″ you know that carbohydrates are present in sugars, grains, and starchy vegetables. You know they are all digested into glucose, the simplest sugar, and used for energy in all the body’s cells. And you know some of them provide essential nutrients. One factor that makes some carbs better than others is the nutrients they provide.

 

Carbs 101: Why Are Carbohydrates Important in the Diet?

Posted on December 14th, 2009 0 Comments

Bread, glorious bread!

Recommendations from the American Dietetic Association, the American Diabetes Association, and many government health agencies are for a diet composed of 40-60% carbohydrates. This means about half your calories should be coming from grains, starchy vegetables, fruits and dairy products. It sounds contrary to the advice of so many weight-loss diets that suggest you keep your carbohydrate intake to a minimum. But these reputable health agencies know carbohydrates serve many healthy purposes in the diet.

 

Carbohydrates 101: What Carbs Do In Our body?

Posted on December 7th, 2009 2 Comments

Experiments in chocolate muffins #2Last week we introduced the different types of carbohydrates found in foods. They include sugars, starches, and fiber. This week, a look at what happens after we eat those carb-containing foods.

Remember that what all carbohydrates have in common is they contain sugar molecules. Even the starches are made of long chains of glucose, the simplest sugar. In your body these sugars are used as fuel for our cells. When any food containing sugar is eaten (and remember, that includes milk, fruit, table sugar or starchy foods) the body breaks the chains down to yield individual glucose molecules. If fructose (fruit sugar) is eaten the liver converts it to glucose for use. Glucose is the preferred source of energy for our cells. The cells take in the glucose with the aid of the hormone, insulin. The molecules go through a series of biochemical reactions and we get energy!

 

Carbohydrates 101: What Are Carbohydrates?

Posted on November 30th, 2009 0 Comments

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With all the talk about good carb, bad carb, low carb, no carb, hardly anyone even knows what “carb” means anymore. So let’s take a step back and follow along for the next few weeks in Carb Class. Carbohydrate 101 brings you the basics on carbohydrates so you can better understand what they are, what they do, and the roles they play in your diet and in your body. Today we’ll go over what a carbohydrate is and the different types.

 

 


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